The Fractal Change

The Fractal Change

The comments on my last buzz on "The Curly Hair of Change" drew quite few interesting comments. One comment from @Aaron Skogen drew my attention considerably. He wrote "@Ali Anani, I very much enjoyed another of your analogies. This I witness on a regular basis "Some people will move into the acceptance and demand stages while many others shall be lagging in rejection and resistance stages." As a bald guy, when the rain falls, it lands making twisting and turning patters on my scalp. It reminds me that this life, our work, our relationships are not linear and the only constant in life is change. Yet, I wonder, how do we as leaders help those curls to get past the emotion and see the benefit of the change? How do we help bring others to embrace it?"This buzz is my response to this lovely comment. I start by asking few questions:

Β· Why do people wish to change the shape and/or color of their hair?

Β· Does change of hair color and/or shape reflect on their attitudes towards change in general?

Β· Is hair fractal, and if yes, does it offer ideas on fractal change and on filling the spaces?

Β· Are people with longer hair more informed than people with short hair?

Β· Does hair on our heads behave like hair on other parts of our bodies?

My search for answers to the above questions revealed some interesting answers, which I am happy to share with you. The hairy roots have sensory caps that direct the plant to nutrients and help the roots grow with the gravity. Aerial roots have similar jobs to do. The question is: are our hairs like aerial roots that collect information?

The Fractal Change

It was very interesting to find a reference showing the Relation between Long Hair & Extrasensory Perception Sitting Bull, a Native American chief, with long hair we are conditioned to think that hair styling is important and how it makes a cool fashion statement. But in olden times it was a different story. An interesting find revealed that long hair in men was actually related to consciousness or the sixth sense. When the hair was cut the sixth sense was lost. I wonder if our preferences deprive us sometimes of our "meta-senses"! This is beyond our use of hair analysis to detect the level of poisonous lead in our bodies. Can we then grow our meta-senses by allowing hair to grow long? One more question for the ladies: do you have a more powerful sixth sense than men because normally you have longer hair than men?

The Fractal Change

Hair coloring is the practice of changing the hair color. What prompts us to change hair color and does it reflect on our attitude to change? One Arab poet said that he was so intimate that if he would become young again he would part of his grey hair with a bleeding heart. Another poet wished that he would love to relive his adulthood so as to complain to it what damages grey hair has done for him. These are two widely opposite attitudes to grey hair. Do we allude ourselves by changing hair color that we become younger? Why don't we go with the flow of the fractal time and enjoy it? Does false reality make us live a false life?

The way we may dye hair may serve as a great metaphor for managing change. Permanent hair dyeing, demi-permanent, semi-permanent, temporary dyeing and use of alternative colors are among the available solution. The selection of type of dyeing depends on the quality of hair, personal desires and environment. When we manage organizational change we may greatly benefit from lessons derived from hair coloring. Our personal desires may be conflicting with the quality of our hair and how to deal with such situations. When to look for permanent change or temporary change is another lesson. A third lesson is not all changes are desirable and when we change hair color it might be repelling. To restore previous colors when we have undergone permanent dyeing is costly and difficult to do.

Hair is fractal and has lots of unfilled spaces. We may redesign hair to look like fractals and enrich it with colors. You may enjoy creative designs on this link:

http://www.haircutweb.com/2015/03/when-hairstyle-inspires-fractal-art.html

You can even enjoy the science and art of making use of fractals in beautifying the design of your hair by inspecting the rewarding post: HISTORY: Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs.

Not all hairs in our body behave similarly. For example, skin and hair react differently to sunlight. Typically, the skin darkens and the hair lightens a result of a pigment in the human body called melanin. Melanin darkens the skin to protect it from harmful solar radiation. Because hair cells are not alive like skin cells are, melanin cannot protect hair from sun damage. Hair takes on a bleached appearance, while skin becomes darker. In managing change, we must pay attention to the type and position of what we wish to change.

I find the fractal hair as a great metaphor for managing change in a fractal approach and color it suitably to serve our intentions of making change.


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Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #35

#55
Now you could be right Ali Anani ;-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
Love your comment and its authenticity dear Lisa Gallagher. Sharing personal experiences gives warmth to our writing and your comment is a true example of what I mean. You wrote " I just want to be on a path of smooth changes, so maybe it will reflect in my hair. Time will tell" and you shall have a great story to share soon

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #33

Extremely thought provoking post by Ali Anani

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #32

Very interesting Ali Anani. I guess I have gone through a lot of fractal changes over the past 10 years with my hair alone. When I began to see gray hairs, I started coloring as close to my natural color as I could- I was always a dark brunette. The more grays I grew, I played around with highlighting - I wasn't happy with the lighter colors because I was happy being a brunette so I try to stay as close to my natural color as I can. It's not so easy anymore. Interesting points you brought up about the length of one's hair and a sixth sense. I always tell people I'm highly intuitive- hmm, maybe I'm more intuitive when I do have my hair longer. As for the different colors, well I have been through a lot of change over the past 10 years, I wonder if there is a connection. I just want to be on a path of smooth changes, so maybe it will reflect in my hair. Time will tell. Great post and extremely thought provoking.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#51
Dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli- one think I dare say is that your imagination is unimaginable. I promised you to write a buzz on your comments and dedicate it to you. That is my next buzz and in it I shall address your comments with the attention they deserve. For now, I say that this part of your comment "Hair (or the lack of it) is always making a statement, even if unspoken" speaks soundly. SIlence has its language and being hairless is the same. Talk soon to you in a buzz. Meanwhile, may be you have extra comment on the third part of my change posts of today on change and adaptations.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#49
Dear - your comment is profound and I love this part "Generally because they 'changed their hair color' before performing due diligence to determine if their audience would be receptive to this new color change". This is very true. We need to visualize change before making it a river with no return. To change is a complex issue- change what? How to change? Which parts to change? How to change? When to change? Where to change? The when and where represent the time-space of change and we need to define the boundary. Because we are familiar with hair change I felt it serves as a good metaphor for change. Some hair changes are physical and some are chemical. Imagine burning the hair while dying it chemically. This is what some businesses do. We need the right ingredients for the type of hair are dealing with (dry, oily and so on). We need to understand the process of dying and the psychology of the person having her hair dyed. So many issues my friend to deal with

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Enjoy the highly enriching comments

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#46
It amazes me how often Sara Jacobovici, yourself and I think on same issues. My comment on Sara's last buzz on change reads as follows, which is my response to your comment as well. Amazingly I am working on same issue @Sara Jacobovici. The question I kept asking myself about- if change is much faster than our ability to adapt then we shall have a widening change-adaptation gap. Eventually, this gap shall be wide enough to cause---- and I am trying to fill in the gap. @Franci Eugenia Hoffman made this comment on my last bazz on fractal change and she stirred my mind with her comment as well.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #27

Thanks for the link Anees Zaidi and for asking your questions. I posted your questions on this link https://www.bebee.com/content/684309/677044.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #26

#31
"The power of belief is what is growing here even if the hair does not." This is a powerful statement CityVP Manjit, that can be an agent to change. Looking forward to your future buzz.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #25

#28
Franci Eugenia Hoffman, you have literally blown me away on this one: "We change to change, and to adapt to change. Fractal hair is a perfect example of a metaphor for managing change. It gives intent to the change." 1. change to change 2. adapt to change 3. managing change 4. change and intention. I am going out of the comment box on this one. Please join https://www.bebee.com/group/out-of-the-comment-box.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
A great read dearAnees Zaidi. I loved this "By balancing the three boxesβ€”considering what to preserve, what to destroy, and what to createβ€”on a daily basis, you are inventing a new future as a steady process over time". This throws this question on my mind- do we balance time? Does hair balance time as it grows? Every second is a growth potential or transformation potential?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
Your comment dear debasish majumder testifies that you are a serious learner person. This is from within you. It is you who wants to advance. If you blowing a little wind to keep your motivation ignited then I am very proud.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
The comments reflect the quality of engagement and I am in gratitude for you dear Aaron Skogen and all commentators. Thank you all

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Dear CityVP Manjit- this quote from your comment "power of belief" coupled with this one "likewise transformation is not about watching a bald head unless the transformation is attaining a greater appreciation of baldness". Very powerful observation and I look forward to reading your buzz on this topic.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
debasish majumder- much obliged to your great feedback. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Dear brother Anees Zaidi- I am expecting a novel idea. Your comment shows your zeal

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Franci Eugenia Hoffman- lovely is what you wrote "We change to change, and to adapt to change". Love your penetrating simplicity of choosing your words and wisdom

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
I am not surprised to read your comment Mamen Delgado. In fact, I would be surprised if you don't show genuine authenticity.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #16

It is very much about the power of belief, if we think that long hair will nurture our sixth sense, it will nurture our six sense. If we are a Tibetan Monk we will shave our heads to eradicate image and attachments - that too leads to a different belief system. When I was 18 my friends spiked and coloured their heads because of the punk rock movement, I did not but I still listened to that music - their belief was image based yet they considered punk rock music to be authentic to commercial music. The power of belief is an extraordinary thing and our hair or even baldness considerably effects our perceptions. When we delve into customs and practices around hair http://buddhism.about.com/od/Monasticism/fl/Why-Buddhist-Monks-and-Nuns-Shave-Their-Heads.htm we also access the philosophies built around those practices. Culture is also a power of belief combined to create a certain form or way of any organization. At a personal level I want to know that transformation which surpasses image effects and I will write a buzz "image and ideology" that saves me making this particular buzz even more wide ranging. In the power of transformation I do not watch my hair grow to know that I have transformed, at a certain point I will be conscious of longer hair, and that is the kind of transformation which I enjoy - but we tend to watch hair grow and even the most patient human being in the world won't notice when hair has grown, likewise transformation is not about watching a bald head unless the transformation is attaining a greater appreciation of baldness. The power of belief is what is growing here even if the hair does not.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Fractals and appearance have an impact on fractals and the ego. Accepting things that are not to our liking are subject to change. We change to change, and to adapt to change. Fractal hair is a perfect example of a metaphor for managing change. It gives intent to the change.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #14

All I can say on the subject you expose today is that every time I have needed a change in my life I have started by cutting my hair much much much. It has always been the fist step for me. A change outside that reflects a change inside, and cutting my hair makes me feel "clean". In fact, I did it a few days ago and I think better... πŸ˜‰

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Your thoughts are extremely beautiful dear Mohamed Amroussi

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
I only noticed this phenomena John Valledor and it attracted my immediate attention. Being amazed, I decided to share my amazement

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Thank you Sara Jacobovici and I shall respond twice now and again tonight. You wrote "his strength and his vulnerability". You bring a great example of this paradox- dear hear from the outside. What vulnerability what this affect a dead body? It is in the roots the strength is. This point sends my mind sailing in a sea of possibilities.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Thank you John Valledor. If you read the linked article you shall find that it was the AMerican Army during the Vietnam War who found this theory to be true. When the army employed two red indians they had to cut their hair and only then the army found that their sensing power disappeared.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #9

Ali Anani, I am beginning to be convinced that your metaphors are fractal. But I'll put that aside for now. Remember I am now allowing my thoughts to flow freely. I would like to look at the following; "Melanin darkens the skin to protect it from harmful solar radiation. Because hair cells are not alive like skin cells are, melanin cannot protect hair from sun damage." Isn't it ironic that a protective pigment of the body can not be of use to the exposed part of the hair, the part that we hold to be significant but in reality is made of cells which are not alive. The hidden part of the hair, its root, is where the strength lies, the exposed part holds the vulnerability. We focus on the exposed part often endangering the roots by treating the hair and scalp with chemicals such as hair dyes. For Samson, his hair was both his strength and his vulnerability. For me, all this is related to identity, what we look like, how we are seen by others; its an outside - inside process. If any change occurs then our identity is threatened. If we reverse the process to an inside - outside direction; who we are, our core, comes through at whatever stage we are in regardless of the amount, length and colour of our hair. In this way change is not a threat but a factor of our "growth", personally or professionally.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Thank you my dear Anees Zaidi In each time you comment I find new perspective. The one that drew my attention here is what you ended with "The beauty lies in the boldness with which we manage change whether it is falling of hairs or falling of revenues". This is wonderful and a new metaphor is born. Fallen leaves and falling in revenues or in whatever we do. The leaves fall, but not the tree. I can see your next post topic my dear brother.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #7

#5
Agreed Ali Anani, I too saw the beauty in your paradox, "There is hidden strength in vulnerability". I look forward to exploring this further. Thank you Dr. Ali your your compliment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
A wig is an artificial alternative my friend. For me they are like artificial flowers- beauty without fragrance. For some people, it is a better alternative than baldness dear Aaron Skogen

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
I can't wait my friend Irene Hackett will comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Thank you my friend Aaron Skogen and I am glad the buzz resonates with you. You inspired its idea and it is quite relieving that you liked it. I have very little hair on my head as well. I wonder if a wig would be enough being devoid of sensory tips!!! I hope your time shall always be filled with enjoyable beauty

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Irene Hackett shall thrive on this paradox. You give me so much ideas to think about. You are amazing with your using simple words. You know Irene that your words have a "short wavelength". SHort in words, but penetrating with wisdom and ideas to work on. Keep the inspiration, please

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Irene Hackett shall thrive on this paradox. You give me so much ideas to think about. You are amazing with your using simple words. You know Irene that your words have a "short wavelength". SHort in words, but penetrating with wisdom and ideas to work on. Keep the inspiration, lease

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
You open a huge window for expanding my thoughts my dear Irene Hackett. Sudden baldness. I wonder what directions sudden shocks will send us now that we lost one of our sixth sense resource. A bold question for almost a bald man. Let me think for a short while and, hopefully, shall find enough sense to respond wisely to you. Meanwhile, I am awfully indebted to your very encouraging words, Irene

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