Resilience: Survival of the fittest or most adaptable to change?

You stand at the top of the evolutionary tree, and how’s your day going?

I’m putting the finishing touches to a white paper on developing stress resilient businesses and musing over the recent demise of ToysRUs and my beloved Maplin, and wondering just how it is that such large organisations learn to forget how to change. And something reminded me of a statement a wise man said over 100 years ago.

Charles Darwin "It's isn't the strongest of thespecies that survives, nor themost intelligent; it's thosemost adaptable to change" was the first person to explain that biological resilience is key to survival.
Charles Darwin “It’s isn’t the strongest of thespecies that survives, nor themost intelligent; it’s those most adaptable to change” was the first person to explain that biological resilience is key to survival.

VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous

There is a common misconception that we are living in particularly unstable times, that VUCA is a new thing, but it’s really not. Every generation has instabilities, political and economical tensions, shortages, natural disasters and more. So it’s easy to forget that these businesses navigated those times, because they survived. And yet, now, they’ve failed to adapt.

No matter what you do in life, you aren’t getting out alive

Our ability to adapt diminishes over time, until we die. In the meantime we should focus not on surviving, but thriving, despite what the world throws at us. The moment we move to survival mode, our creativity is impacted which immediately reduces our ability to thrive.

So even if this world really is more VUCA than it’s ever been, the importance of recruiting, retaining and enabling creative people to help businesses plan for, adapt in the face of, and recover from, stress, has never been greater.

How can you be more adaptable today?

 

Matt

Experienced business leader, mentor and coach, with fascinations for technology, psychology and ancient philosophies. A self-confessed techno hippy with a unique talent for bringing the best out in people.

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