Competence and Future Shock
Two very interesting stories here about change, the fear of it – and how to stay ahead in spite of it.
Seth Godin recently linked to a 1999 article he wrote that is still valid today. He talks about competence, and how it can be viewed as an enemy of change. He explains that people who are competent, who have a definite, solid skill set, want to keep on doing the same thing. To them, change is bad, even if it could lead to something better. They stay in place, scared of loose what they have. He says “incompetent” workers, ones who keep moving on and doing new things actually have the advantage.