Survival of the wisest

The leaders from now on must be champions of cooperation more often than competition. While the power to maintain access to resources and to deter aggression will remain vital, the “survival of the fittest” mentality must give way to “the survival of the wisest”, a philosophy of understanding, cooperation, knowledge and reason. The real leaders will get what they want by helping others get what they want.” Dennis Waitley from “Safari to the Soul”

The last sentence in that quote is a large part of what coaching is all about. It is about helping others get what they want. In many cases it will be identifying what others want and then creating the charts and maps for them to reach that temporary destination.

Our maps are ephemeral in a sense that they need to be continually updated as we reach or approach the desired destination. Change is the force that pushes us in new directions on a continual basis. To stand in one place in some form is loss. To flow with the winds of change or to master the winds of change and to sail deliberately to some place gives meaning and purpose to life.

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One response to “Survival of the wisest

  1. “To flow with the winds of change or to master the winds of change and to sail deliberately to some place gives meaning and purpose to life.”

    I’ve rarely had a problem with the winds of change and being able to adapt from moment to moment. But as sailing in the real-world…rough waters can be tiring on the body and soul. We need those still moments, the calm to recharge. And for me, having a more clearly (not completly, yet!) defined purpose and goal for my life helps me to see the calms for what they are…even if they are a little rough. 🙂

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