According to a new study from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the University Pablo Olavide in Sevilla, Spain, our brains actively erase memories in order to make space for new ones, a process that seemingly only happens in learning situations. In other words we forget through learning.
I talk a lot about the importance of learning cultures with my clients. Embracing failure is a futile standard unless we develop ways of effectively applying learning as we go, which is of-course the whole point of feedback loops. But in the context of digital transformation the point of adopting new working structures and processes is not only to learn new ways of working but also to help disentangle the company from legacy thinking and practices. We forget the old through learning the new. To quote Buckminster Fuller:
'You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.'
In other words (and to paraphrase the character Socrates from Dan Millan’s book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior) the secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.