I am thrilled to live at a time of such rapid and profound changes. It’s like tectonic plates are shifting and we can scarcely envision how this metamorphosis will unfold even while we try to shape it for positive outcomes. I tingled listening to Richard Seymour who designs for the future and Anton Musgrave who guides people to prepare for it. And yet, plus ça change: Jennifer Sertl, thought leader on corporate consciousness and author of Strategy, Leadership and the Soul, reminded me the more things change the more they remain the same.
After I extolled her impressive work, she said I “stand on your shoulders.” I told her that we were part of a chain that stretched far behind us and would continue long after us. When I was young, I believed it was a sprint and we would change it all right then. As I grew older, I realized it was a marathon and I had to pace myself to be in it for the long haul. And, then as I grew even older, I realized it is a relay race. I’ve only been able to do what I’ve done because of those who came earlier and passed me the baton. I may not see the fruition of all I’ve worked towards but I have a sacred responsibility to carry it forward. My very trustworthiness turns on that. And, I delight at the prospect of what younger generations will achieve and I’m cheering them on!