Philosophy

IF YOU DON’T LIKE CHANGE, YOU’RE GOING
TO LIKE IRRELEVANCE EVEN LESS.”
General Eric Shinseki, United States Army (retired), while serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The defining phenomenon of the 21st century will be the impact of exponential change – on our businesses, our institutions, our families, and our personal lives. Stability and predictability will be challenged and stressed at every turn. And while wisdom may not be the guarantor of stability, I believe it is the best way to frame the questions, issues and opportunities that will surround our daily lives.

Fixed structures and organizations will be particularly vulnerable to the vagaries of rapid-fire change, and the world of independent schools and non-profit organizations will not be exempt from unpredictable onsets of chaos or uncertainty. Trust, teamwork, flexibility, imagination and communication will be primary capital assets. Current leaders will need to pursue different kinds of questions and be able to accept different (sometimes proximate) answers than they have previously sought. Schools, non-profits, and their trustees will need to think deeply and wisely regarding the characteristics of the future leadership required to sustain mission relevance and successful performance.

Cox Wisdom Works offers a broad menu of services to develop the wise guidance and decision-making that this century will demand.