Taking Ourselves & Our Companies to the Next Level
There is a lot of fear and anxiety in the world right now. There is distrust, uneasiness, lots of disruptions and problems, friends and associates we’ve come to know well are no longer working with us, parking lots and cubicles are looking a bit empty, the pace for the people who remain working is more and more frenetic, not everything that needs to get done is getting done which adds to stress, and many are concerned for their financial future. You understand this—you’re living it.
You create your future in the present moment.
The past is merely that - the past.
Worry is about future fear(s).
Ask yourself what it is you are creating for yourself in this moment? Are you working on something exciting or simply showing up and going through the motions?
What is your company creating for itself in this moment? What
excitement is the company creating for its employees, customers and
shareholders? What is shifting the momentum?
One of my mentors recently offered that it is virtually impossible to create or innovate from feelings of disruption or despair. She offered it is only possible to create from a feeling of excitement—excitement being that "big bang of energy" that gives us the impetus to move forward in accelerated creation of something better than where we are today.
much excitement is there in the world today? For many, not much--just as we
reviewed at the top of this article.
Excitement has shifted to thoughts of survival which has led to disruptive thoughts about life and business.
My mentor went on to explain that as people speak about and give attention to the disruptions in their lives, their personal power becomes diminished leading to a less and less empowered life. People, departments and companies focused on disruptions need to be aware of the impact their attention on the disruptions is having on them personally, on their department, and their company—it is reducing empowerment.
Which of the following conditions is more empowering?
Merely talking about the difficulties associated with work, or,
Bringing teams together so they can decide what shifts need to happen in the organization to create exciting possibilities together?
In my last newsletter, one of the lines that caught a lot of attention stated that when the economy returns to “business as usual,” it’s not going to be “business as usual.” It is unrealistic to think that in a month, a quarter, a year or 2 years that everything is going to return to the state it was before the economy hit this rather dramatic speed bump. Shifts are going to need to occur.
If the focus is on innovating to create excitement together rather than “fixing what is wrong with the system,” the results can be far more powerful and rewarding particularly when teams are brought together to discuss what can be done to create excitement through process innovation.
When my mentor pointed this out that excitement is a key ingredient to success, I began a mental scan of past business successes and failures that I had observed. Out of this came some thoughts: