The 3 Apexes of Creativity

Jonathan Malm - May 21, 2012

Overcoming Undesirable Emotions

Jonathan Malm - May 21, 2012

Adapt or Die

Jonathan Malm - May 21, 2012
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It always shocks me when I see innovative companies dying. Look at Yahoo! (I’m not commanding you. I just didn’t know if I could add a period after an exclamation point.) They were once my search engine of choice. Then Google came along. Yahoo tried to keep up for a while but slowly faded into obscurity.

Sure, people still use Yahoo! But who? And what made this once innovative search engine fade away? Why aren’t they struggling to regain dominance? They failed to adapt.

I’ll give Yahoo! a little credit since they’re in such a quick-changing market. But the fact is, they didn’t adapt quickly enough. In fact, I propose – to be truly successful – we must adapt before it’s clear that we need to.

If you’re adapting to your surroundings, you’re a follower. And followers rarely lead their industry. You can’t lead the pack if you’re scrambling to keep up.

That’s why we always need to keep our ears to the ground. We need to look and see what things are coming instead of the stampede that’s already around us. I love what Steve Jobs said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” That man may have been arrogant, but he saw what was coming instead of what was here.

So in your church. In your art. In your marketing. Are you adapting quickly enough? Or are you playing catchup? I encourage you to lead the pack instead of struggling to keep up. Look to the horizon instead of staring at your current patch of turf. Adapt. Or die.

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8 comments

  1. While I agree that the Church needs to adapt, as the Apostle Paul was (all things to all people), we need balance. While McDonalds continues to innovate and provide new products and new looks, they also maintain a constant – in their quality, in a good portion of their menu, and yes, even in their look and how they present themselves to the world.

    Change, simply for change sake, has its flaws. And remember that while younger people are crucial for the Church’s future, older people (who tend to not adapt as quickly) are never to be cast aside. Balance…

    1. I’m not sure this is something that needs “balance”. Meaning…adaptation already has that balance built within. It’s not adaptation if you’re changing for change’s sake. It’s adaptation when the change needs to happen for survival.

      I would never call for change for change’s sake. That’s a waste of energy.

      I think we agree on this. 🙂

  2. While I agree that the Church needs to adapt, as the Apostle Paul was (all things to all people), we need balance. While McDonalds continues to innovate and provide new products and new looks, they also maintain a constant – in their quality, in a good portion of their menu, and yes, even in their look and how they present themselves to the world.

    Change, simply for change sake, has its flaws. And remember that while younger people are crucial for the Church’s future, older people (who tend to not adapt as quickly) are never to be cast aside. Balance…

    1. I’m not sure this is something that needs “balance”. Meaning…adaptation already has that balance built within. It’s not adaptation if you’re changing for change’s sake. It’s adaptation when the change needs to happen for survival.

      I would never call for change for change’s sake. That’s a waste of energy.

      I think we agree on this. 🙂

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