Power Tracks to Change / N° 8


Change is a master of disguise. It knows any number of camouflage. When Change comes, it may come from all directions. Basically, two: From the outside, or from within. And it may come in different styles, again basically two: Silent, hard(ly) to perceive. Or with a WHAMMM. This way or the that, the one direction or the other: We better be prepared. But how? We say: Start with declaring Change your program. Not just your products, not just your services — Change itself has to be an active part of what you do. It has to be written into your holy book of basics. Use capital letters: WE’RE HERE TO CHANGE. So everybody in the organization is to know and understand, no excuses: We’re not here to stay as we are. We’re not here to cling to what we’ve been, to what we’ve achieved, to what we’ve been good at, to what we’re famous for. Change is part of our purpose, our program, our deliverables. Thus, Change is to become your daily business, side-by-side with your ordinary daily businesses. For Change, no more »tomorrow«, no more »once we have time for it«. For Change, it’s always: NOW.

Ted Chiang, the author, is a master of pretty much everything. So he is of urgency when he wants to be urgent: He doesn’t spend much words. To make us understand.

// Four things do not come back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity. //

Ted Chiang
American Novelist

Here’s one of Humanity’s influential documents: Immanuel Kant’s famous essay on »Enlightenment« – Why not take it as a motivation for your own document, like: »What is the purpose of our organization?« – »Change«.

Answer to the Question:
What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.