The UK’s just crawled out of recession with a whimper. Davos has just failed to reach consensus.
I keep getting told, due to the crash, there’s been a shift in the ‘doing business paradigm’ towards flattened hierarchies, a collaborative approach, shared responsibility and… I almost want to burst into song! ‘The hills are alive with the sound of music…’
They might have been alive with the ‘we’re all going to work together more humanely and creatively…’ but I don’t see much evidence of it. Humans make all kinds of promises when in trouble, like praying to a god. Only to renege on those promises when things get better. A selective ‘forgetting’.
For an old paradigm to be overthrown you have to reach critical mass. But I’m impatient for the new and hacked off by the seductive pull of the old.
IT ISN’T WORKING ANY MORE!
And what holds us back clutching at the familiar? A ‘familiar’ outdated and dysfunctional for a world of business moving and vibrating far faster than we’ve ever known it before. What holds us back is our enduring existential fear of change and the unknown!
Fears are there to be worked with creatively. Name them, face them and then ‘take tea with them'; welcome them into your parlour. Then and only then can you achieve mistressy of your fears through developing that Inner Leadership.
Then and only then can you creatively inspire, influence, motivate and mobilise yourself, as well as others, to create and BE THE CHANGE … a massive, quadruple win for business and humanity as a whole.
I’m so riled about the slipping back and reneging on potential. And that ‘hot’ response tells me there’s work for me to do. To what music of change and to what fears am I not paying attention? And to what music of change and what fears aren’t you?