By Gerry Murray. 07-02-2021
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"The most important factor in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but adaptability." ~ Charles Darwin
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Many writers, philosophers and scientists have explored the notion of how we adapt to change and how we are able to survive through difficult times. In the second episode of my podcast, Leading People, I interview Master Trainer, Author and Leadership expert Rick Tate about his new book "Adaptive Capacity".
You might be wondering or thinking, what is Adaptive Capacity? Why is it important? How do I know if I have it? How do I get more of it? What happens when I have a high level of Adaptive Capacity?
Well, you're going to have to listen to the podcast to get answers to these questions and many more...
What I can say is that during our conversation we explored the whole area of self-awareness and self-leadership and how the way we deal with situations in our life or at work contributes to our reputation. Rick shares some fascinating insights into how we unknowingly create our reputation and what steps we can take to ensure that the reputation we want to have is the one that others actually see.
So, here's the link again.
A man crosses the border each morning on a donkey...
...and each day, his donkey is loaded with only bags of straw. When he reaches the bridge marking the border, the tax collectors search his bags to calculate what duty he must pay on his exports. Every day, they find nothing. And yet, in the evening, after their shift has finished and they are in the tea houses or restaurants in the city, they see the same man spending lots of money and boasting that he is, in fact, a smuggler and that no one can catch him.
Every day, incensed at his bold claims, the tax collectors obsessively search his bags of straw. They sift the straw, cut it into pieces, rip open the fabric of his bags, attempt to burn the straw, check his hat, his beard and even cut open his shoes in the hope of finding coins between the leather. And yet, each evening, he is seen back in the city growing ever more prosperous and ever more brazen, even offering to pay for the tax collectors meals and drinks while continuing to tell stories of his wily smuggling. The tax collectors continue their futile interrogations of the straw bags for years, to no avail.
This continues until, now a prosperous man, the smuggler moves away to another city and settles down to enjoy his wealth. Years pass and one day, in the market, one of the retired tax collectors meets his old foe and asks,
'Mister, many years have passed: I am no longer a tax collector and we are just two old men. Please, you can tell me, what was it you were smuggling all that time?'
The smuggler replied, 'Donkeys.'
I would assume spiders adapted pretty quickly to online learning.
After all, they were already comfortable on the web.
What did Darwin tell his children?