The story of the 5 blind men exploring an elephant reminds us that what we see depends entirely on our perspective. This suggest two things we want to consider when working with complexity.
Does this sound like your world?
· Changes are coming at you at an ever increasing pace.
· Your solid problem solving skills sometimes don’t seem to work so well.
· Just when you think you’ve go things figured out, the situation changes.
Often the very idea of giving or getting feedback puts our brains into defensive mode. Most of the feedback we get/give is some version of “You should do X instead of Y.” While it can be useful to get suggestions for improvement, there is another kind of feedback that we rarely get that’s even more helpful.
The world needs the best you’ve got. The most brilliant software algorithm, the most enchanting song, the most impactful social innovation, the most courageous leadership... We need your brilliance played full out.
So what’s holding you back?
Life just seems to get more complex every day. From the ever-changing geo-political landscape to the introduction of new varieties of cereal every time I go to the store!So what is complexity? It’s not just something that’s more complicated.
What is the primary “doing” of leadership? I believe that it’s the act of convening the right conversations with the right people in the right way. Let’s look at three aspects of that – sensing, being and acting.
Seems like the subject of trust is in the air. Maybe it’s the unsettled feeling in the political climate. Maybe it’s what my ears are tuned to. But I’m hearing it a lot.
Clients are asking me what they can do to create an environment where team members will acknowledge their mistakes or gaps in their expertise. Others are dealing with the emotional overload of supporting staff members who face serious life challenges and want to provide that support but aren’t sure how.
In a recent post, I wrote about “bold and beautiful aspirations.” Here’s mine. I want to reunite love and power in organizations.
See, my thing is about love. Not the Hallmark card kind but the stuff that fuels powerful action in the world. The love that inspires “right action” or authentic action.
What’s bigger than a BHAG and small enough to hide in your pocket? It’s those hidden dreams for what your organization can become and what you can do in the world. Not just your “stretch goals” or even your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). You’ve pushed yourself to write those down and used them to help your team achieve more. That’s fabulous. And, I’m betting there’s more. Your bold and beautiful aspirations.
Dis as in disequilibrium and discomfort.
When we act outside of our habitual patterns, our system says, “Hey wait. That’s not how I do that.” We can respond to this disequilibrium and discomfort in a variety of ways. Simply put, our response usually boils down to either “Whoa Nellie” or “Bring it on!”