I found this article intriguing, both in the framing and the advice. The setup is that while we talk a lot about things being different in our organizations (and lives), most of us won’t actually do much about it. Is that ok with you?
… the truth is we will all still be at the same spot next year, fussing about the way we are organizing, prioritizing and delegating.
But what would happen if we were determined to make a real change in the way we lead our organizations this year? Perhaps we should ask ourselves the more compelling question…what will happen in our organization this year if nothing changes in the way we lead?
In considering my own challenges as a leader, there are some results I want this year – this question is leading me to wonder: Am I really willing to work for it? I’m pretty comfortable with the way things are right now – it’s not all it could be, but is pretty great. Hard work to change – worth it? Will think!
Sometimes I wish I could just “press the button” and have change done.
But change takes persistent effort. I don’t mind working HARD – its keeping it in focus day after day that’s so difficult.
The article then provides seven ideas of things to do differently – hard things like building better relationships, holding onto vision, and being authentic. These take a lot of courage and risk – I’d have to be a bit less comfortable, and I’d have to be willing to risk making others uncomfortable. Takes a lot of emotional intelligence to manage that. Where’s an good EQ consultant when you need one??
Like so many of my clients, I know this – but doing it is harder than knowing it.
Hm. So what’s it gonna be? Comfort or learning? I’ll let you know next year.
Check out the article – Gregg Thompson — WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF NOTHING CHANGES? (The Point, Jan 08)