Do you have clear, specific goals for 2018? Maybe even SMART goals? That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? For much of what you need to accomplish this year, that’s probably good.
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.
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.
Much of the research and advice for leading in complexity suggests how to shift the organization – safe to fail experiments, adaptive planning, amplifying weak signals, etc.
In my work with executives (and more recently with goats), it has become clear to me both that these strategies are important AND that by themselves, they aren’t enough. Necessary but not sufficient. We must also work differently with ourselves.
When I was in my early twenties, I went snow skiing for the first time. You see, I grew up south Texas and believe me, there is no snow anywhere near there! And we think of “cold” as anything below 60 degrees. Here I am in Vermont where cold means 15 degrees!
There are three beliefs that may be hiding out in your organization and killing innovation before it can even lift its head.
Innovation is a "must do" these days. Hard to innovate if your culture doesn't support it. How can you tell if your culture likes innovation?
One key ingredient is gumption.