“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
We remain days away from entering a brand new decade.
A hundred years back, it was called the roaring twenties. An era of economic boom. What kind of twenties are we going to have this time?
I invite you to ponder on the above as also these questions. How would work change? What would create wealth? How would the exponential growth in 24 X 7 human connectivity through social media impact us and our lives?
We are into a world which is changing at an ever increasing pace. We need to continually become someone or something we never were before.
So what happens when we continually become someone or something we never were before? We feel discomfort, fear, uncertainty; we are on edge. How we feel impacts how we act, how we work. So being on edge with negative feelings as above leads to loss of creativity, inability to take risks, loss of productivity and engagement. And herein lies the danger of becoming someone or something we never were before. I call this the Change Trap.
So what could we do to avoid the Change Trap? Since it is difficult to control our feelings, we need to see how we could shift its impact on how we act, how we perform. One way of doing this is to focus inwards – into the kind of changeless core that we are and what makes us tick. Our big vision about the world and our self, our competences, our passions and our relationships.
In the New Year, I invite you to do this practice for just the first fortnight to empower yourself and avoid the Change Trap. Write down the following in your diary every day for 15 days before you go to bed.
When you were at your best today, what were you doing?
When you saw your energy going up, what were you involved in ?
When you felt happy helping someone, what did you do?
Should you persevere with this practise for a fortnight, you will notice how its impact changes your life and the world around you!
I wish you Merry Christmas and a lovely 2020 ahead.
As we get set to usher in a brand new
2019, I would like you to reflect on the following.
What could we do in a
fast changing and complex world that would satisfy issues faced by our team? How could we develop
our relational intelligence to gain traction with stakeholders? How could we construct a dynamic game plan to
get our organisation shift from the present to the created future?
What if I
told you that the key to each of the above questions lies in one specific
aspect of our own personality?
this some more, let me tell you my own story.
As the business head, I was the top dog in the organisational hierarchy. I felt cocooned by the warm comfort of managers, supervisors and executives being there to do my bidding. Somewhere along the way, this ‘being there’ feeling changed into a ‘better than’ mindset. And this is when my leadership problems started.
I began to think of myself as superior. I thought that as a Leader I had to be! And this led to my being arrogant. Over time this became my garb. ‘I had to use every opportunity to make all these little people understand that I was simply better than they were!’ I could just not afford not to know everything there was to know. So the arrogance led to my being inauthentic. Worse, the decision making increasingly started bordering on ‘my way or highway’. For accepting an outside possibility would undermine me would it not! This of course led to my becoming isolated.
inauthenticity and isolation started eating into the organisation’s openness
and team work. And when this impacted overall performance, the blame game hit
the roof. With me of course doing most of the blaming!
point came with the plummeting organisational performance. It took the shape of
The advent of Self Awareness in me that “I
need to curb this feeling of superiority that rears its head every time I
Getting my hands dirty by adopting a ‘walking and talking’ leadership style
and thereby becoming curious about people, not results.
Practicing the Attitude of Gratitude, realizing how fortunate I have been in receiving
support of others inspite of my shortcomings.
Leading with Generosity by
jettisoning the fear of being taken advantage of. Realizing that even though I
would be taken advantage of, that would
be better than being closed to openness and possibilities.
So in the
New Year, what could each one of us do as leaders to jettison our superiority
mindset and arrogance?