Once, leading senior executives through a change management process, I was confronted part-way through an exercise by a top executive who had become visibly agitated. He said he lacked confidence in our process and thought it ill-advised, and frankly questioned our motivation and intelligence.
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When you allow breathing space, you’ll be able to see the wisdom of trusting someone else’s expertise.
For most of us, the perpetual to-do list looms large and we have a strong inclination to jump right into whatever task is closest at hand; after all, then we’ll be able to check off yet another item. But as is the case with swimming against a strong current, sometimes forging straight toward your objective – checking things off the list – isn’t necessarily the best way to get things done.
Is there a way to meet business challenges that not only addresses the bottom line, but is also good for employees and the communities we live in? Does doing good business mean we need to accept trade offs that put consideration of the people we work with and the broader environment in the “too hard” column? Perhaps not.
Our world is changing at the speed of an internet microsecond and it can often feel overwhelming. As leaders, we need to learn to meet this reality without becoming reactive, and without letting our fear of the unknown drive us into behaviours that are fear-based or too reliant on the old ‘playbook’.