The Periodic Change Table

By David Baker written about 1 year ago

“Status quo” is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues. “Periodic” means “occurring at regular intervals”. In the sociological sense, “status quo” generally applies to maintaining existing social structure and values, but it is shorthand for a longer phrase, meaning "the state of affairs that existed previously".

Throughout human history, change has been constant. From the time basic tools were first created to the invention of the steam engine, and from the industrial revolution to the information age. As time has passed, the reoccurring intervals of time (periodic) have been getting shorter and shorter.

This pace of change shows no signs of slowing down and is leading to a world in which there will be little constancy.  As it continues, our world will become a place - if it is not already - where certainty is replaced by ambiguity. 

In this world, both people and organizations will prosper based on their ability not only to adapt to change, but to leverage it to their advantage.

The capacity to be exceptional at what is while in active pursuit of what if, will become the sustaining advantage; a special blend of adaptability and competence. To thrive in this world, those who lead change can not cling to the status quo or fear the unknown.  

While it is easy to condemn the idea of the status quo, we often do so while quietly resisting change. A type of cognitive dissonance.  As a means to measure your positon, I offer this table of change:

Some people are anxious of change and resist it
Some dislike change and avoid it
Some realize change is inevitable and accept it
Some see change as an opportunity and embrace it
Some recognize change as a catalyst and invite it
Some are energized by change and create it

Resist. Avoid. Accept. Embrace. Invite. Create.

Where are you in this spectrum?
Where is your organization?
Where do you want to be?

The more we resist change and allow fear of the unknown to breathe acceptance into the status quo, the more we fall victim to the pace of change.

At Think Shift, we believe in a world unafraid of change.