As the name implies, Davidic Growth stems from an appreciation of the lessons from Goliath's defeat in the hands of David, the brave shepherd boy who became a great king, and how these may be applied as a catalyst for growth. In another article about the Davidic Growth Paradigm, I discussed what I gleaned from Malcolm Gladwell's book, David and Goliath. It is the understanding that sometimes we become predisposed to thinking that things that at first glance may look overpowering are insurmountable. Gladwell points out that they may actually be carrying hidden weaknesses that we are not quick to see. This may then lead us to overestimate these advantages and overlook the possibility that they may become liabilities in the long term.
On the other hand, what may initially seem to be weaknesses may very well have underlying strengths that we are not able to harness properly. Because we fixate on their obvious lack of power, we have not explored how they can be taken advantage of.
The Davidic Growth Paradigm presents a fresh perspective for businesses to consider to help them cope with the accelerating pace of change that is happening because of technologies that are sweeping us in the fourth industrial revolution and beyond. Exponential growth in artificial intelligence and automation are coming at us at blinding speed and spinning us at a dizzying pace that may sometimes leave businesses dumbfounded and paralyzed to react with enough agility and flexibility.
The Davidic Growth Paradigm starts by taking cognizance of a business' perceived strengths and weaknesses but instead of fixing them as such, the framework takes us into an exercise of reframing them. We iterate continuously on the parameters of our disadvantages until we are able to see them in a new light, that of opportunities. On the other hand, we also train ourselves to rise above our confidence in our innate abilities and established strengths so that we do not become too complacent and find our strengths dissipate and become liabilities until it is too late. We must appreciate that our competition is always looking for ways to pierce our seemingly impenetrable armor and with the advent of new and unfamiliar technologies, they may be able to do it before we are even aware of our loss.
More and more, we are seeing that the only way businesses can cope with the challenges of digital and exponential changes is to face them head on but with newfound traits of agility, flexibility, and adaptability. To be digitally transformed and to accelerate at an exponential pace themselves is the only way for businesses to survive and thrive in the new economy.