Thoughts on Moving Forward
But maybe you are thinking, “I cannot work like this. The pace is too fast, I am not that creative, it won’t work.”
Well think back to March of last year. With zero planning and no warning, we all learned to switch over to working remotely in just a couple of weeks! As one of my clients said, “If we had been told that at some point in the future that we would have to work remotely, we would still be running our pilot a year later.”
We did in two weeks what people have been trying to do for years.
In a VUCA environment, organizations unleash people's talents, creativity, and passions in a way that simply isn’t possible under “normal” conditions. All of us were faced with an “impossible” demand and together we did it.
VUCA may be here to stay, but never bet against truly inspired, motivated, and passionate people!
Personal Growth Insight
The most important aspect to accelerate our growth is to increase our personal awareness. There are two parts to self-awareness: the internal and external.
Internal self-awareness means knowing your values, feelings, and personality strengths and weaknesses. External self-awareness means knowing how other people see you and the impact you have on others. The two parts are independent of each other.
Fortunately, self-awareness is a skill that can be developed — all it takes is a willingness to improve.
Essential elements include questioning your assumptions about yourself and asking for feedback. Finding people who are skilled in giving honest feedback in a kind and caring manner is paramount, since it opens a view of yourself that you cannot unlock on your own.
Retention Stat of the Month
90% of workers said they are more likely to stay at a company that takes and acts on feedback.
The theme of feedback weaves throughout this newsletter. In a VUCA world, leaders need to listen deeply to their employees’ ideas, ask probing questions, and keep them involved in the process.
They also need to listen to how employees perceive their leadership. If the leadership style is not open, curious, and adaptable, the employees will probably not tell you all the information — they fear you could retaliate or are not really interested.
Giving and receiving feedback is so vital to all organizations that almost everyone can immensely benefit from annual training on how to be maximally effective.