“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.” This quote, often attributed to British naturalist Charles Darwin, actually was said in modified form by American business professor Leon C. Megginson, who was paraphrasing Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in a 1963 speech. For illustrative purposes, the history behind this frequently misattributed quote is almost as important as its meaning. Although the phrase may capture the essence of Darwin’s belief about the power of adaptability, the fact is Darwin did not say or write it.
If I attributed it to Darwin, I would be spreading misinformation. And if I failed to earn your trust as editor because I was too lazy or careless to check my references, we wouldn’t have much of a relationship, would we?
For truth seekers, 2018 has been notable for its attempts to return to a world of facts rather than the “post-fact” world of 2017. For TR pros, 2018 has been notable for the rise of the individual employee, a revamped employment deal and a reimagined talent value proposition.
In 2018 Workspan has produced more than a hundred articles on dozens of critical rewards issues. Of all the factors we covered and studied (unscientifically, mind you), business agility and mutual trust ranked among the top reasons for talent engagement and robust cultures. Business agility, according to HRZone.com, contains three qualities essential to long-term organizational success: adaptability, flexibility and balance.
This month’s cover piece "Agile Rewards in a Modern Work Ecosystem" proposes building a portfolio of agile rewards and benefits that all workers can take with them as they transition from one work relationship to another. Such an approach, the authors write, goes a long way toward ensuring the ongoing engagement and well-being of all workers.
Trust me: Employees want to put their trust in you as a confidant and leader. Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy said that “a perfect society is built upon mutual trust. Character is the source of that trust.” He advocated for self-transcendence, the practice of having a new goal and going beyond our previous capacities and limits. This, Chinmoy believed, inevitably brings people joy.
May 2019 bring you agility, self-transcendence and joy,