Success begins on Sunday!
Here’s a leadershipology to help you start the week right on Sunday night. Here’s some things to THINK about, a story to BE moved by, and something you can DO right now.
Things from me (and someone else) to THINK about
“All growth requires change. There is no change without conflict. The 3-stranded cord of growth is: Conflict + Change = Growth.”
“Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.” – Max McKeown
A story to BE moved by
Long ago, a bamboo forest faced a prolonged period of drought, causing many of the plants to wither and die. In the heart of the forest, however, there was one bamboo plant that managed to survive and continue to grow, even in the face of adversity.
A young apprentice, curious to learn the secret behind the bamboo’s resilience, approached the wise old master who lived in the forest. The master explained that the bamboo’s ability to adapt was the key to its survival. Unlike the other plants, which were rigid and inflexible, the bamboo bent and swayed in the wind, allowing it to withstand the harsh conditions.
Furthermore, the bamboo’s extensive root system enabled it to draw water and nutrients from deep within the ground, ensuring its survival during the drought. The master told the young apprentice that, like the bamboo, great leaders must also be adaptable in the face of change and challenges.
This story highlights the importance of adaptability and positive change in leadership. When faced with unexpected challenges, effective leaders remain flexible and resourceful, finding innovative solutions to overcome obstacles and continue moving forward.
Something to DO right now
Consider a recent challenge you have faced, either personally or professionally. How did you respond to this challenge? Were you able to adapt and find a solution, or did you struggle to adjust?
Identify one area where you can work on embracing conflict so that you can grow this week. This might involve seeking out new learning opportunities, embracing change, or being more open to feedback and new ideas. When you choose to allow conflict to change you for the better, you will always grow.