Growing Great Leaders for Conservation and Development across Africa

Growth and Change

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

– Albert Einstein

One of the world’s great truths is that change is inevitable! Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” Embrace change – it is the only constant in life!  “No man ever steps into the same river twice”. An ever-flowing river may exist and even have a name, yet the water in it keeps changing so that from one second to the next it is really a different river. Heraclitus concluded that nature is change. Like a river, nature flows ever onwards. Even the nature of the flow changes. Change is the only constant, therefore, there are no unchanging objects, only processes. Change should not, therefore, be feared – but rather embraced!

Heraclitus made the assertion that “life is flux” (“panta rhei” in Greek) meaning ‘everything or all things change’.

This philosophy of change is a fundamental part of GrowthLeaders’ approach to strengthen our conservation and development processes across Africa. If one takes this perspective of change to a different level the change, if managed carefully will result in growth. Sure, if it is mismanaged things could go wrong – but with the right guidance and direction (coaching) positive change most often results in a better situation – an improvement, or growth!

GrowthLeaders recognises the need for change both within organizations (systems) and within the people who are in those organizations. If we are to face the many challenges facing conservation and development (C&D) – across Africa, then we need to see where we can work better, create better-enabling environments, make smarter decisions and have stronger managers and leaders. This implies moving from one ‘state’ of being into another – growing our capacity to manage the ecosystems, natural resources, wildlife populations, parks and reserves AND the people who live in and among them, benefit from them and are custodians of these treasures.