All growth is punctuated evolution

by Daniel Batten on March 10, 2011

In evolutionary biology it has been found that species don’t evolve at a constant rate. They have intense busts of evolution followed by long periods where nothing seems to change, but in fact inputs are being gathered and processed for the next intense leap. It is also during this phase that the results of the last big evolution get applied.

That is why you need time for both strategy and “business as usual” in business.

– Strategy is where you take time to reflect on your business, so you are able to take another evolutionary burst.

– Day-to-day “business as usual” is what you do to sustain your existence.

If you do no strategy, then you cannot undergo evolution. Your business will stay a chimp, or reptile, or even an amoeba… while other businesses evolve around you.

But if you try to do all strategy, you will never breed and multiply. Some other predator will take you out while you are reflecting on whether you should be able, in theory, to beat that predator.

Get hands-on in the business if you want to stay alive.

Schedule in strategic discussion and implement the results if you want to evolve.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Shaleen Shah March 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I love how you paint the picture. Very well said.

juliet March 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Makes sense!

Uma Chopra March 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

It can be applied to so many situations in life- Like the way to describe it.

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