- Certain creatures change their shape or color in order to blend in to the environment. The goal? Survival.
- Teenagers often dress in the current trend, even if the style seems absurd. The goal? Acceptance.
- Many auto enthusiasts buy and install "after market" embellishments for their car or truck. The goal? Increased performance or heightened coolness.
- Many who receive an awful health prognosis vastly change their nutrition regimen. The goal? Improved health, quickly.
- Businesses often modify their product or service menus. The goal? To gain or retain market share.
When the goals are worthy and noble, adaptations can ensure improved health, happiness, and productivity. When the goals are purely selfish and dubious, adaptations usually don't gain traction or last very long.
The best leaders I know are extremely adept adapters. They constantly survey the "landscape," and lead themselves and their organizations toward transformational alterations that lead to better futures for all.
Those leaders know well and act regularly on the precept that CHANGE is at the heart of living well (whether as individuals or as organizations).