Catching the wave


“…… the time you know where you ought to go, it’s too late to go there, or, more dramatically, if you keep on going the way you are, you will miss the road to the future”

(Charles Handy, 1994, p 49, The Empty Raincoat)

I first read “The Empty Raincoat” by Charles Handy in 1995 and it’s funny how it keeps bouncing back into my mind on so many occasions.

Rick Sidorowicz describes it much better than I ever could but the basic idea is to make sure that you’re not permanently locked into a singular way of operating but that you change your behaviour just before  your current practice begins to falter in terms of delivery. 

The secret is to be aware that there is no such thing as “never-ending good practice”.

2 thoughts on “Catching the wave

  1. “change your behaviour just before your current practice begins to falter”

    The phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” springs to mind.

  2. Andrew – I’m a great believer in the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – I certainly don’t hold with the notion of change for change’s sake – but what worked really well when teaching teenagers twenty years ago maybe needs to be reviewed?

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