Are you comfortable?
Are you too comfortable?
As I commented on the previous blog, there are different levels of comfort and growth on the Growth Ring. The Four levels are Stagnation, Chaos, Order and Complexity. We will review each one over (2) blogs. A state of Stagnation is low performing and lacking growth as the person or organization are based on following too many structured steps, inflexible rules and repeating methods. Stagnation stifles creativity and change. In a Stagnation state, creativity and change is normally viewed as negative and frowned upon.
Please understand that not all discomfort is good and too much discomfort can lead to Chaos. Chaos is a state of total lack of control and predictability and limits growth at the highest levels. Having too much discomfort and lack of certainty limits growth as you are lacking a basis for reflection for growth.
Order is the state that leads to a predictable outcome and is usually comfortable and predictable. A state of Order is where many people and organizations find themselves today, as they repeat the safe (in the short term) and predictable path. Staying in a state of Order for too long will move you to Stagnation, as you lack continual and sustained growth. You must move beyond growth limiting order and add some uncertainty and complexity to move toward growth. In today’s overview, we have covered the two most extreme levels of growth in Stagnation and Chaos, as well as the Order state. The Order state is ok, if it is not continual and unchallenged. Tomorrow we will cover the optimal state for continual and sustained growth.
This is Part 2 of 3. Please review Part 1 and look for Part 3 in the coming day(s).