Because agility is king, it’s imperative that we become students of agility. Your future prosperity depends upon it.
But it’s not easy. On the other hand, it’s easy to feel like we have come to the end of the road, we have exhausted all the agility we are ever going to find, stood on the edge looking into the abyss. That’s an intellectually and emotionally stressful place in which to find yourself. David Allen says it well:
A major factor in the mounting stress level is that the actual nature of our jobs has changed much more dramatically and rapidly than have our training for and our ability to deal with work. In the old days, work was self evident. Now, for many of us, there are no edges to most of our projects. The organizations we are involved with seem to be in constant morph mode, with ever changing goals, products, partners, customers, markets, technologies and owners. These all, by necessity, shake up structures, forms, roles and responsibilities. It is possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control. That’s a great way to live and work, at elevated levels of effectiveness and efficiency. It’s also becoming a critical operational style required of successful and high performance professionals. You already know how to do everything necessary to achieve this high performance state. If you are like most people, however, you need to apply these skills in a more timely, complete and systematic way so you can get on top of it all instead of feeling buried. (David Allen, 2001, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity).
It is possible to have an over-whelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control! But only is we persevere in learning new skills of agility to cope. The trouble is, that most people don’t persevere:
Times of growth are beset with difficulties. But these difficulties arise from the profusion of all that is struggling to attain form. Everything is in motion. Therefore, if one perseveres, there is great prospect of success (I Ching)
Any competent person is capable of bearing problems in mind until they yield their secrets; what not everybody possesses is the requisite will, passion, or insane obsession that will let them hold the problem long enough or fiercely enough. (Ken Wilber)
To master agility we have to understand the who, what, how, where, when and why and persevere in applying these in a systematic way. Not everybody has the will, passion and insane obsession.