September 22, 2007

"In times of massive change, it is the learner who will inherit the earth, while the learned stay foolishly tied to a world that no longer exists." - Eric Hoffer

This is one thought on which every executive must ponder upon, particularly those who are on the wrong side of age. This is a very relevant thought for the present times when almost everything in business, technology, and society is undergoing massive change. Unfortunately, many of the experienced people fail to recognize these massive changes and how these changes, many a time, make their vast experience and learning meaningless.

By failing to adapt to the new realities, they keep themselves and their organization stuck in the past. When things demand radically different way of managing things, these learned people keep on applying the old tricks and tactics that may have worked in the past but have become pre-historic in context to present and future. More often than not things never seem to work. Instead of making any progress, things seem to move backward.

In these times, only those survive who see themselves as life-long learner and continue learning new things to tame present and future. Those who think they have had enough learning, fail all along.

The key to survival and growth is to cultivate LFA, the acronym coined by me which means "Learning Focused Attitude."


  1. Vivek Nath // September 28, 2007 at 11:52 AM  

    Have a look at the book " The world is Flat"...It talks about the topic for almost 400 pages. And well I have been reading your blog for sometime, like some of your thoughts and sometimes feel your MBA education has spoiled you (too much digression from reality and the habit of creating acronyms :)) no offence meant so take none)..long back my proff had told me , give a MBA 3 points and he sure will make some graph !! But good work, keep it up and keep us informed !!

    I work as Sr Manager with "another" MNC and sometimes the start realities of initiating change in individuals or organizations make all the bookish material sound too "mundane"

  2. Anonymous // September 30, 2007 at 3:54 PM  

    What you said is , in my view , in essence: "survival of the fittest".

    The fittest is one who constantly learns and moves with time. The agility lets him adopt the change .

    Your article is short ,yet crisp and very thought provoking.

  3. deepanjali // October 5, 2007 at 4:43 PM  

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