From the challenging experiences you’ve been through you seem able to quickly learn from them and turn things around – your ability to see and do things differently. How did you develop these skills that allow challenging circumstances to inspire you?
I was inspired by Joel Arthur Barker who wrote a book called “Paradigms – The Business of Discovering the Future”
This changed my life. My eyes opened up to the whole business of the status quo and the science behind paradigm shifts.
This insight started me to quietly study the business of paradigms.
There was one thing that Joel Barker said that still resonates with me today…
Barker states… if you want to know where the future is going – look to the edge, look to the fringe – look for those that are messing with the rules (or breaking the rules) – that is where you will find the future.
That was so easy for me to grasp and connect with. My whole policing career – I was seeking out – searching for RULE BREAKERS.
All I had to do was look for a different type of rule breaker (not the criminal type) but in the area of leadership and organizational transformation.
Another principle I work from is that “THERE IS MORE THAN ONE RIGHT ANSWER”
This keeps the door open –
It keeps you from not PRE JUDGING
It keeps you humble
This helped me adjust, flex and stay agile