Sitting here tonight watching CNN and thinking about the looming US Government shutdown. We have always been a culture of growth. We grow our communities. We grow our businesses. We grow the size of our houses. We grow our incomes. We even talk about growing emotionally. The philosophy of growth is so engrained in our collective conciousness. In fact, we fundamentally believe that:
Growing = Winning
Shrinking = Loosing
But, is that really true? What happens when things need to get smaller. I was struck by the wonderful NY Times article about the downsizing of Detroit. How does Detroit shrink? What city services will be delivered to which neighborhoods? There are hard decision to be made.
What would happen if we lived in a smaller house? What happens if our incomes shrink?
In business, technology creates deflationary pressure on almost everything, how do we accept shrinking in a culture of growth?
My sense is we're looking through the wrong lens. It shouldn't be a trade off between growing and shrinking.
Maybe it's about setting up our businesses and our lives in a flexible way so that we can deal with whatever comes our way.