Schlagwort-Archive: Metaphor

The dream – the ideal metaphor for boundlessness

Even if we have the impression that we completely zone out at night, we process the events of the day. On the one hand, you „sleep on“ and strengthen evaluations, and on the other hand, the imagination makes a journey. In the dream you develop scenarios that can be considered beyond the possibilities of reality. If you get this condition into a team, then you can look far beyond the horizon. Thus the dream is the ideal metaphor for boundlessness.

In the dream you are in a space that is released from physical and mental limits, and that gives you the opportunity to let your thoughts run wild. This overcomes the limits in the following aspects.

  • Need for change
    In the dream the wall of the external driver, which build up our consciousness and the objective concerns, is torn down. Then technology overcomes the currently feasible. Culture eradicates limiting beliefs and actions. The entrepreneurial structure is freed from its structural and operational barriers. The economy opens previously unattainable fields of action.
    This is especially true for the change fields. Completely new strategies can be explored with hitherto unimaginable conditions. The business model can open in every direction and create completely new co-operations and services. Especially in the self-image, the limits can be reset, if you do not let yourself be limited by accustomed actions, skills and beliefs.
    In the dream, it becomes possible to simulate the what-if, without having to be thwarted by pragmatic arguments in the beginning.
  • Ability to change
    By letting go the traditional knowledge and skills, solutions can be applied that were previously unthinkable. If the existing ideas regarding the change ability of employees and executives burst, doors open in all directions. This applies to the technical skills, to handling abstract procedures, to social interactions and above all to overcoming the division of labor based on a holistic approach.
    In a dream, it becomes possible to imagine the company as an agile whole that opens up new fields of expertise, regions and markets.
  • Readiness for change
    If one manages to work through and solve the problems in the dream, then one can use this particular form of reality, which is no longer associated with limiting notions, to find the entry point at which the concerned parties are ready to engage with changes. The formal impulses are the starting point, which can go far beyond the current incentive systems. Above all, outside of the limiting portfolio of initiatives, substantive elements can be found that carry the workforce along. Not to mention the personal satisfaction that is generated by appropriate appreciation.
    In the dream it becomes possible to imagine the workforce completely committed without resistance.

Bottom line: The dream overcomes the limits of everyday life. The need for change is accepted, generously interpreted and satisfied with unusual solutions. The abilities that are otherwise perceived as limitations are hidden and are no longer hurdles for genuine novelties. The assumptions regarding readiness to change are missing and exciting solutions can be worked through with committed employees and executives. If you manage to lead a team into the daydream, then new visions can be worked out in respective workshops, without getting major concerns in the way. This makes the dream an ideal metaphor of boundlessness.

The stage of life – the ideal metaphor for maturity

An important tool in VUCA’s time is the intuitive understanding of the maturity levels that all artifacts and individuals go through. Everything starts with an idea that grows and finally sees the light of day before it is in the world. There is also nothing that lasts forever – except for some ideas. Everything forfeits over time – be it the mechanical components, which deteriorate, or ideas, which become obsolete through revolutionary new ones. The stage of life provides the ideal metaphor for the maturity.

The stages of life that a person goes through can be divided in different ways, e.g. past life, sexual immaturity. sexual maturation and reproduction. For the applicability of this metaphor the actual classification is not crucial, but the fact that all life cycles can be divided into steps. The following framework extends from the cradle to the grave.

Right at the beginning, the question arises as to when the life cycle actually starts – at procreation, during pregnancy or at birth. The elements of the business (for example, a new business model or project) also sneak into their lifecycle. New products are developed for a long time in isolation, revised and publicized at some point. The pregnancy needs in business very different times. Projects are often preceded by a preliminary project, which is preceded by a pre-preliminary project, which is ….

  • Childhood
    The most important development starts with the birth, which is characterized by enormous creativity and very big development steps. Based on a wealth of impressions, the baby develops into a child – it learns to laugh, talk, walk and much more. In order to run smoothly, the child needs boundless curiosity and the joy of experimenting.
    Also the early phase of a business consists of manifold learning – e.g. what happens, who is involved and what you can do by yourself. This stage requires great gentleness from the stakeholders, so that the business has a chance to try ourselves and mature. This early stage shapes the fundamental values ​​that reverberate in each stage.
  • Schooldays
    In different parts of the world, education starts sooner or later, more or less formal, with or without a curriculum. It all starts with the basics (reading, writing and arithmetic), which are later refined in certain areas that make up the personal area of expertise.
    In business, too, initiatives work better if there is enough room to build the foundations from which the next USP will emerge. The Post-It is a good example – an adhesive that does not stick as a basis for a product that is nowadays used globally. Who would have provided sufficient resources for this project?
  • Qualification
    Vocational training, an apprenticeship or a study are focusing on individual subject areas – mathematics, natural sciences, languages, business administration, crafts, etc. At the end of this concentration you get experts with a clearly defined area of ​​responsibility and learned approaches for finding solutions.
    The business model and its components must also be developed and promoted by the management – for example, knowing the needs of the customer or finding opportunities for additional income. Especially, the workforce must have the opportunity to learn so that they can at all master the new tasks. The best business model is of no use without the specialized participation of the employees.
  • Work life
    On the first day of the working life, you have nothing but the theory and the experience you could make until then. For most, this is limited to theoretical training content that often does not fit the new job. The result is a long series of mistakes, mishaps and injuries, from which one (hopefully) learns.
    The same applies to the elements of the business that are being constantly brought off the ground or are changing. It takes time for an altered routine to become established. By mastering the business, more and more comprehensive tasks can then be implemented, which in the end contribute to a VUCAneous working reality.
  • Pension
    After the active working life is over, there are sometimes opportunities for employment – whether as a space cowboy or with an expanded hobby. In any case, the burden of everyday life goes down.
    The same applies to the elements of the business. An IT system is replaced after years by a new one. The processes are changing due to new devices and user interfaces, changed processes and new fads.
  • Senility
    This section is anxiously suppressed by many people as it goes hand in hand with the visible decline in performance. Sight and hearing diminish, the ability to react declines and in the best case one is still agile enough to master everyday life autonomously.
    Business may also experience such degradation – the IT system, which is unpredictable; the processes that are too slow for the requirements; the machines for which there are no more spare parts available. Without the immediate replacement by a state-of-the-art solution, you put the business at risk.

The end of everything is its disappearance. What remains is the legacy that can linger for a long time.
This is also true in business life. For example, some data structures that were developed for technical reasons create sustainable beliefs that influence the business, even though they are no more needed.

Bottom line: The different phases of life, from childhood to old age, take place everywhere, but have obviously been sacrificed to the belief in infinite growth. For this reason, it is clever to remember and understand that everything and every one go for better or worse from cradle to the grave. In order to describe the life cycle, maturity levels are helpful. For this reason, the stage of life is the ideal metaphor for maturity.