The slow swell of business cycles

I’ve been pondering a cycle that I’ve noticed in my business. It seems to go action, reflection, reinvention and back to action. As a consultant and coach, I deliver as long as the client needs my help and wants me to be their helper. Fortunately, I get repeat business. But even so, the process has a fairly stable cycle to it. There’s always “slow time”, during which the client is regrouping, or getting funding for the next cycle. During that time, I reflect on what went well, and what I’d like to improve. I follow that with decision-making and beginning the new behaviour or activity. Then the next gig starts.

What’s interesting to me is to ponder the possibility that we are all participating in a meta-cycle, both creating and reacting to it, resulting in economic bubbles and recessions. We could all be on a slow swell of action, reflection and reinvention, which collectively creates a kind of macro-cycle, like traffic on the highway. One car slows, and all the rest slow too.

A macro-cycle would make sense in the organic view of business since life does proceed in cycles of output, rest, renewal and more output. It’s anathema to the machine model of business, born in the factories of the Industrial Revolution, which requires and expects production to never stop. That could be why business people are caught off-guard when the cycle plays out.

Thoughts? Do you see patterns in your business? Let me know…

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2 Responses

  1. This is an outstanding insight (you’ve languaged exactly what I’ve been thinking). There feels like a mode of contraction is being sewn like a thread around us. I’m sensing it in my coaching practice for sure. Some time around July, I had about 5 clients lose their jobs. Part of it was the economy, but another part was that the growth they were doing in their coaching led them to grow beyond the lives they have created for themselves. My hope is that people will begin to see the opportunity to grow into their authentic selves and not be afraid of the communal shift we are facing. To me, it begins with relationships.
    Michael Sherman – http://www.CourageousLovingNation.com

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