How do you get to the Next Economy? It is a very personal journey. It is hard to see the gardens when you are locked in jail. Abundance only comes when you are moving along your own themes and truly enhancing the lives of the people around you. It is up to you to create the Next Economy for yourself. Your life is uniquely yours and so is your place in the Next Economy. Embrace it!
Here are some pointers on how to get there:
1. Start with a Vision that describes where you want to go. Creating a Vision for yourself is so crucial that I devoted Part 2 of Become a Change Agent to that topic. Check out Foundation>Vision on the menu bar for the basics.
2. Know the ecosystem where you operate. Take the ideas of markets, infrastructure, competitors and all the other “stakeholders” as they were called in the Old Economy and you have your ecosystem. The more you know about how them (size, how they fit together, etc.) the faster you can become a part of that ecosystem. Learning about it will help you find allies. Unique does not mean alone!
3. Have a plan that leverages a flexible framework. Take a look at part 3 of Become aChange Agent and adapt the steps to your specific Vision. The basics can also be found on this website.
4. Learn to know when/what to guard against, what to embrace. This combines what you learned about ecosystems and adds a healthy dose of intuition.
5. Take a baby step or two. Use the 80/20 and chunking to identify a “proof of concept” activity and DO IT! Some people plan and think about “taking the leap” endlessly. This is called Analysis Paralysis. Nothing ever gets done. Others act before doing any planning. This is called reckless. There is an “in between” Where you learn enough to take tentative action. You generally shouldn’t try to implement your entire plan in a single “forklift” action, anyway.
6. Adjust your plan based on what you learned. Apply the appropriate magic words (who what when where why and how) to your results. Basically, you should engage in validated learning
- Every situation is unique, one size fits NONE!
- The middle is messy! (The start and finish lines of a race are always exciting and filled with spectators but the race is won in the middle. Most people give up because the middle is messy and forget that a failure is a learning opportunity.
- Failure means to adjust your approach, not give up. Failing a baby step is only painful if it bruises your ego.
About me: I am the Change Agent and a transition coach. I am actively exploring the Next Economy. So what is the difference between Change and Transition?
The key difference between change and transition is management. Change is the movement from one state to another – and it will happen. Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. In other words, you manage change through a process called transition.
Change Agent is what I am (1 on the list above). Transition Coach is the role I am playing NOW (repeating steps 3-6).
How can I help?