Regenerative culture: An antidote to change and uncertainty

Author: 
Allan Cahoon
Regenerative culture: An antidote to change and uncertainty

Royal Roads University President Allan Cahoon’s editorial in Capital Magazine’s spring 2016 edition calls for a regenerative culture as an antidote to change and uncertainty in the workplace.

Here is an excerpt from the editorial:

When you experience a university convocation ceremony, the aspirations of new graduates are palpable.

From those embarking on their first career to the mid-career professional renewing, reaffirming or launching a new vocation, all new graduates aspire to use their new-found knowledge and skills for personal, professional and community benefit.

But as we move from a predictable, resource-dominated workplace to a knowledge-driven economic environment requiring dynamic, continuous learning and skill acquisition, the one inevitable constant new graduates can rely upon is change.

The landscape of the new workplace is driven partly by changing cultural values – shifting positively or slipping negatively, depending on your perspective or age – where the boundaries of ethical practice are tested continuously in an era of unprecedented turbulence in both the private and public sectors.

When the future is unknown, change can open doors to new opportunities and as-yet unimagined, positive futures. Unfortunately for some, change also triggers uncertainty.

Read the entire editorial on page 47.