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The Danger of Denying Change

A friend and I recently joked around with a few people we had just met at a social gathering that between the two of us we knew ‘everything’!

Initially, there were looks of contempt and confusion, but then the joke served its purpose and got quite a bit of laughter.

I do believe it’s safe to say that no one person can ever know everything. Furthermore, the world is evolving at a pace that exponentially decreases our knowledge everyday.


It’s not that we’re forgetting things (which afflicts me from time to time) it’s simply the fast and turbulent pace at which new information is arriving and becoming available.

If you’re an expert (in anything) today…that’s great, but the shifting sands of change and expeditious technological advancements will slowly chip away at your expertise.

Gary Hamel offers some great advice for dealing with this in his book “The Future of Management

A brief synopsis of that advice is as follows:

  1. Overcome the temptation to take refuge in denial…
  2. The longer we take refuge, the longer it takes to renew ourselves.
  3. Conquer denial…don’t dismiss, rationalize or mitigate the presence of new information.
  4. Confront yourself.
  5. Face the facts.
  6. Question your beliefs – Do you welcome dissent?

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Hamel speak and I’d like to share two quotes of his in closing.

“The incumbents are being left behind…success is a self correcting phenomenon.”

“In turbulent times…humility is truly a virtue.”

The presence of so much new information means the facts are changing. This sometimes strikes at the core of what we “thought” we knew.

Each day it is becoming increasingly more important that we listen to and depend on each other to ensure we are recycling the old and irrelevant information out, for the new and groundbreaking ideals and facts.

Don’t get caught ‘in denial‘…
These days the consequences are much too costly!

About the Author:

Linal Harris
Global Entrepreneur – Certified Life Coach – Media Personality – Speaker


Linal Harris is a Corporate America graduate, global entrepreneur, certified life coach, and media personality. He has penned over 200 blog posts on his popular website of 5 years, InspirationalPerspective.com and recorded over 200 radio shows on his weekly WVON 1690 AM talk radio program, “Inspirational Perspective”—which he also broadcasts live to his Periscope channel. Harris is a heavily sought-after speaker for conferences and events across the country. He is gifted in custom designing presentations for specific audiences that motivate and inspire. He has been called upon by numerous professional career organizations, universities and Fortune 500 companies to facilitate goal-setting sessions and provide inspirational talks. In 2015, Harris was inducted into Triton College’s Alumni Hall of Fame and he was the recipient of the 2013 Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence award and the 2012 Chicago Urban Roundtable’s 40 Game Changers Under 40 award.

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