Lessons From Las Vegas 11: Recalibrate Often

This element is relatively simple to understand, although it may not be so easy to do: to recalibrate defined is to adapt, amend or correct mid-course; to mutate, revamp, shift or transform. It is one thing to be clear on your purpose, your strengths (talents + knowledge + skills + experience), it is another essential to know where you are now and where you want to be and yet another to know the values that matter to you. Keeping score is essential to take the guesswork and fantasy (pretense) out and to make sure one’s feet are planted firmly on the ground.

Designing the gap is about designing away the impact of your weaknesses by reaching out for support and getting the feedback  essential for designing appropriately (keeping score is vital for accurate feedback). The fact is, with the rate of change ever increasing and the sheer volume of information available to us these days being phenomenal,  if you try and keep up with that, that’s like drinking from a hose pipe that was designed to put out a house fire! You’ll likely get knocked completely off balance and find yourself floored, overwhelmed and in some form of information overload and/or analysis paralysis.

In the words of Richard Cotch (I believe):

Since when was ‘more’ the answer to ‘too much’?

The key idea here is to understand that life here on planet earth is getting both more complex and changing faster than ever before; complexity is increasing exponentially. Even though our capability is also increasing over time, it is not increasing at the same rate as the complexity required to manage and deal with our life conditions. So the gap between our different levels of capability (people and organisations have differing levels of capability) and complex conditions of existence is increasing over time.

One can have a sense of this growing gap as we look around the world and see how our leaders and systems can’t possibly keep up with changing conditions. This is what’s referred to as ‘the new normal’.

As change is accelerating, the capability to manage it is decreasing.

Recalibration is what restores leverage to this growing gap.

It’s not enough to have a strategic plan to get from where you are to where you want to be, whether that be in the domain of business, personal, financial or your network. You have to recalibrate often: this means tuning in, refining and re-tuning and re-adjusting both your design and the tools you use to Get Feedback AND what you say Yes and No to.

In the ‘New Normal’ it pays to:
• give up trying to absorb all the available new information
• have a clear strategy which will enable you to differentiate the signal from the noise
• recalibrate your strategic vision often (conditions change fast)
• understand noise as a fact of daily life, therefore clarify your signal to become more attractive
• be selective about where you dive deep with your energy, focus and attention
• dive deep to develop whatever it is that you have fire in your heart for

If you can play to your passion you will find that there is great leverage in this because when we work inside our passion we gain free energy as we are using our strengths and talents.

So how do you begin to recalibrate?
Stop what you’re doing
Look at the things you’re engaging today with your energy and attention
Re-Focus or Re-Prioritize based on what’s important now, and in the near future

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