To call 2008 a year of change is an understatement.
But rather than complain, I’ve found insight from two leaders who have had tremendous success and know how to face reality squarely. I thought I’d share.
First, two observations about Apple’s Steve Jobs:
There are many words that characterize Apple under the second reign of Steve Jobs: resurgent, exciting, innovative, successful. Iâ€™d add one more to that list: fearless.
Most large corporations are afraid of change. Successful product lines, business plans, and especially brands are milked for every penny. And when thereâ€™s nothing left, when the thingâ€™s been beaten into the ground until not a single ounce of value remains, only then will corporations reluctantly move on. (via Ars Technica)
To which is astutely added:
Itâ€™s not that Steve Jobs is fearless, but rather that heâ€™s afraid of not changing. Where other CEOs canâ€™t bring themselves to do something different, Jobs canâ€™t bring himself to keep doing the same thing. (via Daring Fireball)
Second, words to the wise from GE’s Jeffrey Immelt:
This economic crisis doesn’t represent a cycle. It represents a reset. It’s an emotional, social, economic reset.
People who understand that will prosper, Those who don’t will be left behind. (via Marc Gunther)
I dare say many in the law right now feel sort of battered by change and more than a little fearful about what 2009 may bring.
I think 2009 will be a better year than 2008. Not easier, not predictable. Definitely not migrating back to the status quo. Maybe even a bit exciting. That would be my definition of a happy new year.
So take flight 2008. You can go now.