WA paradigm is a perception or a group of ideas about how things should be done, made, or thought about. In other words, it’s your perspective on the world, your point of view, or your beliefs about what’s true. Paradigm shift occurs whenever there’s a significant change in the way an individual or a group perceives something, and the old paradigm is replaced by a new way of thinking, or a new belief.
Individuals have their own personal paradigms, or lenses through which they view the world. Corporations and other organizations have corporate paradigms regarding the methods by which they believe their goals will best be accomplished. Likewise, cultural communities have cultural paradigms that include their sets of beliefs about themselves, about others, and about the world.
Personal Paradigm Shifts
The narrative in the beginning of the lesson about your favorite fruit is a simple example of a personal paradigm shift. When you are exposed to new information or experiences, you may realize that your belief or your perspective was previously incomplete – or maybe even incorrect!
A more complex example of a personal paradigm shift could be adjusting your lifestyle in order to accommodate a relationship with someone who is important to you. Most relationships require some amount of compromise, but what if one person is very close to his or her family and the other is not, or one of you is very punctual and likes a schedule while the other is more casual regarding time and dislikes routines? Maybe you practice different religions or have different ideas about raising children or different attitudes regarding how to handle money.
In order for this relationship to have a chance to succeed, one or both of the people involved will undoubtedly experience a paradigm shift. One partner may choose to make spending time with family more of a priority, while the other partner may agree to living on a budget. In each case, an individual gains a new perspective regarding how something ought to be done and experiences a personal paradigm shift.
Internally-Driven Corporate Paradigm Shifts
Corporations and other organizations also have paradigms that drive their policies and procedures. For example, corporations are sometimes acquired by another company, and when this happens, a paradigm shift is likely to occur. Maybe the acquired corporation previously allowed employees to work on a flex-time schedule and dress casually because management believed this stimulated creativity and allowed people to work when they were most efficient. However, the company that acquired the corporation may have a policy of everyone starting at 8 a.m. and wearing business attire because this new management believes these practices form the most professional impression with customers. When organizations merge, one or both undergo an internally-driven corporate paradigm shift. New policies blending each corporation’s philosophies can also form, allowing everyone to develop a new paradigm together.
October 23, 2015
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