Making the Mindful Leader: Cultivating Skills for Facing Adaptive Challenges

Jeremy Hunter and Michael Chaskalson

If you know others and you know yourself,you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles,if you do not know others but you know yourself,you will win one and lose one,if you do not know others and do not know yourself,you will be imperiled in every single battle.

                                          Sun Tzu, The Art of War

We should base our decisions on awareness rather than on mechanical habit. That is, we act on a keen appreciation for the essential factors that make each situation unique instead of from conditioned response.

Warfighting: The US Marine Corps Book of Strategy

10.1 Introduction

Human civilization has always faced the challenge of adapting to change. Changes in ­markets, shifting political alliances, financial collapses, uncertain energy sources, and natural disasters have always been part of the landscape that people have had to wrestle with. However, at this point in history, it appears that the intensity and demands of change are particularly complex and severe. Globalization creates new markets and wealth, but also competition and dislocation. Natural disasters in Thailand impact tightly interwoven supply chains and debilitate manufacturing in Ohio. Information technologies speed up the tempo of nearly everything, making the pace of life relentless. Almost every aspect of modern life—ecology and economics, commerce and finance, politics and government, ...

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