The first thing I want you to ask yourself is: What’s your dream? I don’t care how far-fetched it is or how impossible you think it is. We start from there.
Time and again, I hear people say they are unhappy in their job. I also hear executives and managers complain about how difficult it is to engage & retain good employees.
In a May 2019 article entitled “Four Success Factors for Workforce Automation” – citing a recent McKinsey Global Survey – the authors speak about how fear of the future can be a powerful deterrent to change. When asked about the challenges they were facing, 48% of organizations stated that their biggest challenge was managing employees’ resistance to change. In her book Daring Greatly, Brené Brown states: “The most significant problems that everyone from C-level executives to the frontline folks talk… about stem from disengagement, the lack of feedback, the fear of staying relevant amid rapid change, and the need for clarity of purpose.”
Change is so often at the top of everyone’s agenda. And yet we continue to struggle with it, as individuals & as organizations.
Fear of CHANGE is often masked by other symptoms, including, but not limited to:
→Lack of Trust
Individuals: Who are tired of being on the verge of burnout because their job is too stressful.
Managers: With struggling teams because there’s too much work & not enough time and resources so worry they’ll fail to meet their objectives.
After more than 40 years of working with organizations struggling with some of these very same issues, I have come to understand that WHO WE ARE AND WHO WE SHOW UP AS is at the heart of everything.
You see, I believe change begins with the individual. To quote Brené Brown: “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” It solves the problem of engagement, feedback, how we handle change and, at the same time, aligns us most uniquely with our purpose.
Also, in these fast-moving times, it is critical that we re-invent ourselves so that we not only stay relevant, but that we continue to enjoy what we’re doing and thrive while we do it.