“Re-potting means accepting that the way is forward, not back. It means realizing that we won’t again fit into our old shells. But that’s not failure. That’s living.”
Hurricane Irma came through our state last month. It left a path of devastation. We spent several hours with 90+ mile per hour winds. The next morning, we were relieved to see that the damage to our house and our neighborhood was minimal. What a relief!
As we began to put things back in to place and clean up, I realized that several potted plants needed to be moved to larger containers. I spent the next afternoon moving them and adding more soil.
This came up in a casual conversation. I was having lunch with a friend and he mentioned that he was taking a sabbatical from some of his social activities.
“I’m re-potting myself,” he said with a grin. “What do you mean?” I asked.
He explained, “I need to get rid of the stale soil around me, put myself in a larger place, let my roots grow, do some personal pruning and let my roots grow."
Wow! What a novel approach to reinvention.
The recent recession forced many who were “pot bound” to become stagnant and quit producing new growth. But others have found new ways to re-pot themselves. Financial institutions once thought to be the bedrock of stability are receiving bailouts from the United States government at taxpayer expense. Many banks once thought to be successful because of their enormous size now have been bought out in the diminishing hope they can stay in business.
Many companies have gone back to basic customer service. Banks, credit unions and chambers of commerce are using apps and the internet to assist their member businesses instead of waiting on people to walk into their lobbies. It’s their attempt to recapture an audience who feels overlooked. Companies like Toys R Us that didn’t seize the opportunity to sell on the internet are going out of business.
Organizations that were once strong became stagnant in the changing global climate. Meanwhile, their competition “re-potted” themselves and carved out new and more successful niches in the market. They have seen shifting ground and taken a new position in business and service to customers.
*What storms have you faced that are forcing you to look at the “container” you are in… and look for more or different space?
The playing field is changing. What was once thought of as safe ground is now unstable and shifting. Puerto Rico was recently swept by two major hurricanes within two weeks. Homes were destroyed, the power grid was down for weeks and many were left homeless by the wind damage. Tidal surges took property, lives and everything in its path, leaving destruction in its wake.
It’s as if a giant hurricane swept across the global market during the past decade and nothing will ever be the same again.
Some already know how to take advantage...