The 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, author of seminal publication, “The Origin of Species” is attracting a lot of attention.

Management thinkers for some time have used many of Darwin’s concepts as metaphors for management challenges, and as the “connected” world expands, the application of his theories to management generally and to the evolution of the infrastructure and applications on the web particularly become more numerous, almost daily. One of my favorite quotes comes from Darwin’s work, I have used it consistently for 20 years when talking about innovation, and it remains as valid to management today as it was to the thinking behind “The Origin of Species” when it was written in 1859 after his 5 year voyage on the “Beagle”.

“It is not the swiftest that survive, nor the most powerful, but the most adaptable to change”