“Happiness isn’t getting what you want, but becoming happy with what you have” — Dave Hollis on GrowthDay.
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry.
The line “The best laid schemes o’mice an’ men | Gang aft agley [often go awry]” from Robert Burns poem To A Mouse is now a common saying.
The best laid plans will often go wrong.
It is a reminder that our plans will go wrong. No matter how good the plans are.
You can spend months planning a trip, a project, or a new product. And then a global pandemic hits. The bank doesn’t approve the mortgage for that new home which would have made your life easier. Relationships that were thought to be on a rock-solid foundation fall off a cliff with no notice.
Life happens at the exact moment when we think we have it all figured out. It is in the moments when our plans go wrong that we build resilience.
Resilient Systems vs Resilient Individuals
In university, I studied a lot of ecology for my degrees in environmental management. In ecology, resilience is the ability of a system to absorb the shock of change and still continue to function as it had before. Resilience is about fighting on.
Businesses are systems. They are a collection of individuals all working towards solving a problem that someone else has. The last year has forced changes in how and where we work with no notice. There was no time for planning stay-at-home orders. Every retailer and thousands of in-person service-based businesses had to figure out how to provide goods to their customers online or with limited contact fast.
Every system in nature or in business has resilience from the diverse skillsets within them. Each part of them plays a role in supporting the whole system. There is someone or something who either already knows what to do or can learn what to do when something goes wrong. Systems fail when they can no longer fight…