As the year is drawing to a close and we’re looking forward to a winter or summer break (depending on your part of the world) - it’s time to reflect on our experiences so far and explore our intentions for next year. I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions. I’m talking intentions. What are you intending to create, or let happen, next year? Intentions set the direction of your attention and your actions - and their energy. Dare you time-space-matter?
by Margo Boster I recently presented a workshop to a group of fellow coaches at an International Coaching Federation meeting. I realized that my style, my approach and my very message were not consistent with what most people did. Afterwards, I had a moment of questioning myself: “Should I have been more of what they were expecting?” Are you good enough? Compared to whom? Or are you the one who's working with idiots? How do you value yourself in the workplace?
There’s a new way of organizing and collaborating emerging around the globe – as Frederic Laloux shows in his book Reinventing Organizations. Let’s take a closer look at “new organizations” with a case study – and examine the three key things that they do differently: self-management, wholeness and purpose.
There’s something broken in how we run organizations today. Polls about happiness at work show that 60-75% of people are disengaged. Many professionals are tired of the rat race, tedious budget circles, office politics, cubicles, being controlled and feeling limited. They wonder: how’s what I’m doing serving a better world? Or: how’s my job helping me develop my unique talents? Well, at least it pays the rent... but I’m so tired/stressed/bored... (fill in the blanks). Isn't it time for Organizational Evolution?
What’s emerging from the field of leadership and change? We collect the contributions from our authors, our community, every month - because Leadership & Change magazine is a co-creation about positive leadership, culture & change. What’s up? What is our collective status update? Let’s uncover the spontaneous theme that emerged from the contributions to issue 12.
I recently spoke with a professional who struggles with pitching and how to sell herself. “I don’t feel at ease doing so” she said. “While I know my work is of value for my clients - even after a year they tell me how much they benefited from my facilitation.” An interesting conversation evolved to identify why so many self-employed professionals have trouble presenting themselves to sell their services. National culture, gender roles and personal issues play their parts. But the biggest constraint to success (to your own standards) is very often the inner critic.
New organizations, leadership and collaboration are the three main topics of the upcoming Berlin Change Days conference. Leadership and collaboration have brought us to where we are today – and they continue to evolve as mankind develops itself further. The old-style leader knew better than the others, felt that he or she deserved more, and decided more – only sometimes consulting with their subordinates. Old-style leaders could be isolated at the top of that pyramid, enjoying the room with the view and the vision but setting themselves apart. Most leaders have left their strictly private rooms by now.
How well do you collaborate? Are you a team player? People have a natural tendency to work together and collaborate. Cooperation is the basic driver of human civilization, explains Dirk Messner in Leadership & Change Magazine. We all have a drive to belong to a group or team or tribe and feel acknowledged and respected and safe – even in individualistic cultures. In general, we tend to go to great lengths to adjust to our group culture. We copy the others, as I know very well from my organizational culture work. We also coach others to behave according to group norms and if they don’t adapt, we’ll correct them in a number of different ways.
We are living and working at high speed and amidst overwhelming volumes of information, stuff, deadlines, targets and possibilities as well as threats. It struck me again as I was working with a client organization the other day. This executive team somehow managed to take a few days off for reflection and the adjustment of their strategy. One of their main goals was to reinforce their innovativeness as an organization. They still are and always have been a cutting edge market leader in a rather technical market – but the entrepreneurial spirit, their innovative mindset seems to dilute slightly lately...
With Otto Scharmer, I like to distinguish these three levels of reality: the what, the how and the who. Our education and career are based on the what: our knowledge and expertise. But much more important to success and satisfaction than this “what” is how you apply your expertise. And that depends on who you are – and whether you did your homework or not. Homework is: working toward “know thyself” and overcome fear, anger, grief so you don’t desperately need your armor (your ego) and you are able to tap into your true potential.