Scale and scalability

Once you realise that you can improve, amplify and refine the things that other people call attitudes, you may realise that they are skills.*
(Seth Godin)

Scale was a term initially used solely to indicate differences in size: It was felt that the scale of a cathedral had to be different from that of a village church […]. Only when the notion of scale was applied to production technologies was an increase in scale perceived as an increase in effectiveness […].**
(Ursula Franklin)

Some people want to be a person of scale; they want to be big.

Which mean other people have to be small.

Other people want to awaken their scalability, improving, amplifying and refining who they are.

They are only happy when those around them are pursuing the same.

The former are a hangover from when kings and queens ruled the world. They are yesterday’s people.

The latter are a picture of our future and the challenge we have to extend this to more and more in our world.

It seems Rainer Maria Rilke was ahead of his time when he perceived a future where we would value the person:

The more human we become, the more different we become. It is as if suddenly human beings would multiply a thousandfold. A collective name that used to be sufficient for thousands will soon be too narrow for ten human beings, and we will be forced to consider each human being entirely on his own.^

Here are some scalable skills to try out:

listening deeply
seeing more

(*From Seth Godin’s blog: Attitudes are skills.)
(**From Ursula Franklin’s The Real World of Technology.)
(^From Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters on Life.)

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