The Shibumi Strategy
Mathew E. May, an internationally recognized expert on change, innovation and design strategy wrote The Shibumi Strategy: a powerful way to create meaningful change. The Shibumi Strategy is one of the most absorbing business fables that is full of valuable insights to create what it promises – creating a meaningful change.
The Shibumi Strategy is a little story about a big breakthrough. Breakthroughs of any kind require something to break through – an obstacle, a mindset, a routine, a course of action, a problem, or challenge that launches a rather heroic journey. The book devotes a chapter to each one of the steps of this heroic journey, namely, commitment, preparation, struggle, breakthrough and transformation.
Here are nine gems, which are truly the nuggets of wisdom in creating and even mastering change that are presented in the book. There are many more, but these nine are reasons enough for reading and absorbing the book.
- Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all a manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. (W.H. Murray)
- There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who let things happen, and those who make things happen. Be the second kind.
- If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking to bell out the first time the boat starts leaking. It’s tough enough getting that best to show with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on. (Lou Holtz)
- KiKi in Japanese means crisis. One set means danger. The other set means opportunity. Danger and opportunity, two sides of the same coin. Think about it like a rainstorm. After the thunder and lightning and rain, everything is fresh, green, renewed, and there is growth.
- Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch, they’re what make you go beyond the norm. (Cecily Tyson)
- He who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows out the plan, carries on a thread which will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his affairs. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidents, all things lie huddled together in one chaos. (Hugh Blair)
- Kaizen in Japanese loosely translates to continuous improvement. The first Kai, means change. The second set, Zen means better. Change for the better. Kaizen, thus is at once a philosophy, a principle, and a practice. It is used by individuals, teams, and business organizations in many different spheres of activity to continuously improve and get better. It is a true path to mastery and lasting change.
- When you improve a little bit each day, eventually big things occur. Don’t look for big, quick improvement. Instead, seek small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts. (John Wooden)
- At some point in life, each of us will (or should) reflect on the most important question of all: Have I made the most of what I have to offer the world?