Transformation is a big word with big connotations. I wonder what it makes you think about?
For some it will make you think about dramatic change – the difference between colour and shades. For others it will have connotations of Transformational “leadership” made popular through the theories and writings of Bernard Bass, Warren Bennis and John Kotter (to name but a few leadership authors who have expounded this particular style of leading). Other readers may be drawn to thoughts of spirituality and transformed life, while my daughter is likely to think about Cinderella preparing to attend the princes’ ball.
Transformation is a big concept – an audacious concept that, for many, seems nigh on impossible. But is it an impossible expectation that transformation can occur. I believe not. Transformation is not bound to the realms of fairy tales and science fiction. I recall talking with my grandfather many years ago. We were discussing technology – something that at that time neither of us knew much about. My grandfather was telling me how the world had been changed in his lifetime: cars, phones, television, gender issues, computers. He was amazed by the rate of change the world was facing and he felt privileged to be alive in the twentieth century. The world is a transformed place. Innovations are occurring all around us and it can seem impossible to keep up with the rate of change. It appears that the only constant in life now is Change itself.
Change brings with it stresses and anxieties for many people. As our world transforms we need to learn new ways of thriving and living with enjoyment rather than enduring life. It is possible to do so.
We need to find out personal and organisational sense of purpose.
We need to identify where we can contribute to a transforming world.
We need to return afresh to some foundational principles of life in order to thrive rather than merely survive.
I believe that every person can make great progress to contribute positively in our world today. Transformation requires purpose and partnerships that mutually benefit every stakeholder; a well formed and grounded plan; practice of positive habits; perseverance when situations are difficult (as they do get); and opportunity to celebrate progress and success.
Is transformation quick? Sometimes it may be, but perhaps transformation is more incremental in nature. That perhaps is the subject of another P7L thought.
Until then, keep moving onward and upward.