Week 9 in MGMT 201- Understanding Business Paradigms

“When a paradigm shifts, everyone goes back to zero.” This phrase was repeated throughout the lesson on paradigms. A paradigm restricts everyone to a limited way of thinking, and this may limit an individual’s ability to innovate based on the application of ideas dependent on observational skills.

To tie all of that into a previous class reading, Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker, the process of learning for the sake of performance comes to mind. The book advised for identification of how you may learn best in order to help you work towards maximizing your performance. There are many styles of learning that people tend to gravitate towards, but it may be a mistake to classify oneself totally in one bucket… seems paradigm-like, no? That’s not to say that the types are handy, but it may be a better idea to think of learning styles in terms of percentages rather than a yes or no.

“When a paradigm shifts, everyone goes back to zero.” To apply this phrase to an academic setting, consider the way teaching is typically structured: students are sitting and facing a presentation while listening to a teacher or professor teach the day’s lesson, and those students are expected to take notes. This may be considered a paradigm. It’s important to note here, however, that a paradigm has its pros and cons. Some students thrive with this typical education style while others struggle with it. A time every student (and teachers too!) struggled with education was during the pandemic when everyone went back to zero.

Below is an image that was introduced to us in class (with some additions made by myself). The term “esthetic” was coined by Michael Benedik to describe the direct aesthetic value of a place. To expand on this model, consider the restrictive nature of a paradigm. It may not only limit but also guide how far the imagination can run, serving as both a reality check and a prompt. Just as Drucker predicted, we’ve moved into service-based economy founded in a knowledge society.

A common 2x2 matrix on experiences
“When a paradigm shifts, everyone goes back to zero.”

Peace & Love,

❤ Jackie Knappenberger

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