When I first heard the word “Paradigm”, I thought what the heck is that and why do I need to know about it? I was all of 38 years old and reading a book by Joel Arthur Barker called Paradigms – The Business of Discovering the Future. I was preparing to teach a leadership course for some high-level executives and knew I needed to bring a new way of thinking to the opportunity.
It seems that over the last year people have forgotten what Bob Dylan had told us , ” The Times They Are A-Changing”.
Paradigm – A set of rules and regulations(written or unwritten) that does two things: (1) it establishes or defines boundaries; and (2) it tells you how to behave inside the boundaries in order to be successful.
Paradigm Shift – A change to a new game, a new set of rules.
“When the rules change, the whole world can change.” J.A. Barker
Baker goes on to ask four questions that are always in need of answers in the current times we live in:
- When do new paradigms appear?
- What kind of person is a paradigm shifter?
- Who are the early followers of the paradigm shifters and why do they follow them?
- How does a paradigm shift affect those who go through it?
I challenge each of you to answer these questions for yourself, talk with others, and discover how we and the world is moving with M.A.R.F.
Maintaining – Absolute – Rigid – Flexibility?