Chief Executive Officer
Each new year brings with it the notion of change. News Years resolutions are made - some to be kept, and many that fall away sooner or later. As we enter into this time, I ask what about the thought of change can be so alluring? What about change can be scary? The great ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus is often quoted most popularly still to this day with his original quip “the only thing constant is change”.
As we face a new day and a new year ahead, we each have our own perception of change and what that may mean in a personal sense, a business sense, or even a broader collective sense.
For the past eight years, our national political landscape has been formed around the platform promise of hope and change.
Some of us embrace change as opportunity for advancement or perhaps a new beginning. Some of us seek and yearn for change to move from or to move through a current situation in life right this very moment.
On a personal level, change occurs in our relationships, our health, our income, and even sometimes our ability to enjoy life to its fullest measure. Professionally, businesses face change in industry landscape, change in leadership, employee change and - not to be understated - a general change of the times. Pressures of many kinds tend to build around us. Pressure to survive and succeed.
But what about thinking of the basis of change in its very transitive form? The transitive definition of change is to make different in some particular way; to make radically different; to give a different course or direction to.
Heraclitus is also credited with having coined to term Logos. Later having been attributed to the source and fundamental of the Cosmos, its original definition seems to be more in line with that of current-day popular philosophical reasoning. Defined more basically, Logos is supposed to mean “reason and word” - a reason which is creative and capable at self-communication, precisely as reason.
This shallow research into historical context draws interesting parallel examination through Heraclitus’ thinking relative to change and reason. The abbreviated word, logo, since carried on in its own modern day context to mean, among other things, “a symbol that is used to identify a company and that appears on its products”. Very interesting when we back that up with the aforementioned “reason and word” definition. A reason which is creative and capable at self-communication, precisely as a reason!
Happy New Year to all. May your 2017 be filled with purpose and reason!