Transitions: A New Series

Transitions: A New Series

Ever been stressed out due to all the change in your personal and professional life? Us, too. We’re starting a new series called “Transitions” where we describe the major transitions happening in business and how the metaphor of the body provides guidance on how to deal with transitions in a positive and impactful way. In this episode, David and Justin introduce the series and lay some groundwork on what’s to come in future episodes. Here are the notes from the show:

  • We’ve all experienced states of change, flux, transition…and it’s hard
  • Justin tells of his recent experiences and a good book on inspiring personal change – Triggers
  • Transitions in the physical sciences are called “phase shifts”; they signal a material change in something such as a liquid becoming a solid. We’re in a similar phase shift in our economy today.
  • There are now 18 billion-dollar-companies that didn’t exist 10 years ago
  • There are common realities to phase shifts:
    1. There is a new set of technologies that are driving it
    2. There is a new mindset that defines it
    3. There is a new energy released as a result of it
    4. The young, who know the shift naturally have better instincts about the world than older people because they grew up knowing the new technology and mindset.
    5. Change is no longer incremental, but disruptive in nature
    6. It becomes an atmosphere of change or die, and usually very swiftly.
  • Humans resist change – Max Planck said it best when he said “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” (this and other great tips on change found where you least expect it – in a philosophy of science book entitled The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
  • French Revolution is a good example of a phase shift that greatly impacted the global view toward religion
  • Fear not – these realities are positive if you approach them the right way – and with the body metaphor of business

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