I heard a statistic a while back; it takes the average person more than 15 days to adapt to a change as simple as moving a garbage can from the right side of their desk to the left side.
15 days or more. Interesting.
At the office the other day, I noticed that everyone always parks in the same spot. I wondered how often people took a different route to work?
We're all capable of change. As one example, think about learning to play the piano (from the book Liars, Lovers, and Heroes):
If you spent a few hours a day for the next three weeks learning to play the piano, you would be altering the structure of your brain. Specifically, you would alter a part of your brain that represents your body and helps move its parts in precise fashion. When you learn to play the piano, you stimulate the region of the brains' map that represents your fingers, challenging your brain to learn the new motor skills.
Inactivity, on the other hand, can lead to a decrease in the brains' representations underlying a skill - this indicates that the brain is constantly adapting to external events that affect how you use it.
And, since businesses are made up of people, the evolability of the organization is the direct result of the evolability of its people.
So, my questions are:
How often do you change your routine? How often do you take a different route to work? Read a book outside of your domain of expertise? Try a new restaurant? Listen to a different radio station (or buy a new CD just because the cover art is cool)? Try a new activity or hobby?
How do you maintain your "evolability"? Individually or Organizationally?