Growth is Recurring Change: Embracing the Physics of Growth

“Growth is not a linear process; rather, it is continuous, iterative, proactive learning process involving critical inquiry, discovery, and experimentation mindsets, behaviors, and processes.” ~ Edward Hess

“Growth is recurring change, wrote Edward Hess in his book “The Physics of Growth.(Link: )” Professor Hess highlights some fundamental differences between execution of the mission (stability) and improving the organization (growth):

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Change: The leader’s ability to improve an organization through change and growth

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be …this in turn means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.” ~ Isaac Asimov

If you have read my Start Here page (if you haven’t already what are you waiting for), you will have seen that the definition I use of leadership is inspired by the US Army.

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Beyond trade-off thinking: Stakeholders, Synergies and Interdependencies

“Managing for stakeholders is not about trade-off thinking. It is about using innovation and entrepreneurship to make all key stakeholders better off and get all of their interests going in the same direction.” ~ R. Edward Freeman, Jeffrey S. Harrison, and Andrew C. Wicks

Systems thinking is being adopted by business with the concept of stakeholders. Traditional businesses have focused on one main stakeholder – the investor or shareholders. One of the most successful 21st century entrepreneur, John Mackey, is challenging the conventional wisdom of the primacy of one stakeholder.

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