That mantra is unequivocallly the essence of who I am. I had this nagging feeling the spirit of Toussaint L’overture was with me throughout my life. This excerpt from this article clearly articulates of how I was able to stay erect . In addition, be reminded why I should stay the course and become a music scientist.
Our world is now defined by the technological connectedness of everything, which both accelerates the pace of change and amplifies its impact. In this environment, organizations built to win by executing a plan more efficiently than the competition are at a severe disadvantage because of the inherent unpredictability of such a complex system.
In his book Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Gen. Stanley McChrystal describes in great detail the lessons learned fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2003-04 — lessons about this new reality and the implications for organizations regardless of industry. In the fluid world of instant information and always connected cloud networks, it is resilience rather than efficient execution that wins.
In a resilience paradigm, managers accept the reality that they will inevitably confront unpredicted threats; rather than erecting strong, specialized defenses, they create systems that aim to roll with the punches, or even benefit from them. … Robustness is achieved by strengthening parts of the system (the pyramid); resilience is the result of linking elements that allow them to reconfigure or adapt in response to change or damage (the coral reef). … The key lies in shifting our focus from predicting to reconfiguring.”