The Fountain of Wisdom – February 25, 2008

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This feature shares wisdom from some of the world’s greatest minds representing every walk of life … along with suggestions for application to many of today’s growing challenges. If you’d like to contribute a personal favorite, please do so by sending your offering to:


Today’s Subject: Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin shared that wise observation one hundred and thirty-nine years ago. It’s still very relevant today when applied to organizations as well as individuals. We can find evidence of its authenticity in the news almost daily.

You’ll probably hear more references to the necessary concept of change during this politically charged year than at any other time in our history. Take a moment to openly discuss Darwin’s assertion with your fellow staff members as it applies to your organization and employees.

  • Are we responsive to change throughout the organization?
  • Are we timely with our response?
  • Do we have pockets of change reluctance among our staff?
  • Do we initiate change or revert to it as a response?
  • What issues are ongoing that we have yet to manage?
  • What changes must be made to manage those issues?
  • Why haven’t we addressed these issues yet?

This exercise may very well provide you with some valuable insight as to the possibility of future success or the inevitable lack of it. Open discussion is the first step in a very value process.

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want and need to be?
  • How do we get there?

Try it. You may be amazed where it may lead you!

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2 thoughts on “The Fountain of Wisdom – February 25, 2008

  1. great quote by Charles Darwin…what are the qualities of someone responsive to change…? An open mind? Would love to read your response!

  2. Reply to lly on The Fountain of Wisdom

    Thanks for the kind words and inquiry. An open mind is a great start but I think you know that we could create quite a list with very little effort. Might be a great subject for a future blog article. However, until then, here’s a few qualities to hold you over: action, anticipation, belief, conviction, creativity, curiosity, discipline, enthusiasm, expectations, experience, flexibility, focus, motivation, openness, patience, positive attitude, resources, synergy, and vision. Thanks for your note.

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