Since 2008 there is one thing for certain, that in the future lies uncertainty.
Many of the business titles and articles coming out today continue to point out that were not in Kansas any more. Popular themes include, Innovation, Resilience, Company Culture, and Conscious Leadership.
As a leader myself, the question I have been asking is:
How can I create a resilient organization in the face of unpredictable change ?
Because the type of change were talking about is unprecedented.
The best “metaphor” I can think of is the unpredictability of nature. Nature is an environment that continues to teach. Another way of saying it is, “the more you know, the less you know”. As soon as I get caught knowing how it is, I learn the hard lesson.
From anti-bacterial soaps creating super resistant bugs to the disruption of global climate change we are learning as humans that we don’t know as much as we think do about predicting change and controlling nature. So what are the lessons to be learned ?
From my 15 years of creating high performing teams in the context of nature, I have seen predictable results in the face of intensity, challenge and uncertainty. In this body of learning there are excellent strategies that lay the groundwork for a resilient company culture. Within those strategies are tools and techniques that are highly effective training elements for coping with change and engaging in the unknown.
There are two main strategies that most of the tools and training elements fall under.
1. Resilient companies are led by resilient leaders
2. Resilient companies have a conscious culture of resilience.
On my upcoming call, Creating a Conscious Business Culture *, I’m going to talk about these tools that resilient leaders use:
Visionary Storytelling: The ability to paint a compelling and hopeful future that others see themselves in, and have a direct relationship to.
Reciprocal Leadership: The confidence to empower an exchange of ideas and initiatives with employees of different levels of experience and authority.
Trust through Vulnerability: The courage to lead transparently. There are times that saying “I don’t know” as a leader is the right way.
And I will also share about these principles that make up a conscious culture of resilience:
Redundancy emphasizes importance: Culture messages values to it’s participants in a variety of ways. The more ways the more important the value.
Relationship Conductivity: There is a threshold, a bar set, for how much attention gets put on conduct between people in any given organization.
Accountability through short feedback loops: Resilience is a direct function of how well and how often highly diverse parts of a company give each other feedback
If you have thoughts on these topics, please comment below !
Otherwise join me for my upcoming call or contact me about how I might help your organization or company become more resilient to unprecedented change!