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Thriving in chaos

According to a recent article in Fast Company, This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business, we’re in trouble.  The volume and pace of change is relentless and uncontrollable.  We can’t know the future.  And the past may or may not be relevant. It’s chaos.

“Our institutions are out of date; the long career is dead; any quest for solid rules is pointless, since we will be constantly rethinking them; you can’t rely on an established business model or a corporate ladder to point your way; silos between industries are breaking down; anything settled is vulnerable.”

And then, just when you think there’s nothing we can really do institutionally, except hope and pray, comes this: “The key is to be clear about your business mission. In a world of flux, this becomes more important than ever.”

When you can’t know, get back to basics.  Get back to your institutional values and aspirations. Not the stuff that’s written on plaques on walls.  The real stuff.  The essence of what your organization is and what you stand for and care about.

Is it really that easy?

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Deborah Hinton Thursday, January 12th, 2012
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