Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Living and Working in Turbulent Times

“The challenge for leaders in every field,” notes William Taylor in Practically Radical: Not-so-crazy ways to transform your company, shake up your industry, and challenge yourself, William Morrow, 2011, “is to emerge from turbulent times with closer connections to their customers, with more energy and creativity from their people, and with greater distance between them and their rivals.” 

Clearly when one steps back from the daily grind and looks at the bigger picture, we are clearly in “turbulent times”, and we have important choices to make as a result.

As Taylor continues, “We are living in the age of disruption. You can’t do big things if you are content with doing things a little better than everyone else.”

Our challenge then as executives, managers and supervisors is to create organizations that can cope with disruption and still stay focused on the right things.

As Ilya Prigogene, Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted from his work on dissipative structures, complex systems and irreversibility, “stability is not balance but change,” 

So what is the problem?

Management guru Jim Collins puts it this way: “The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change. The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.” 

If you are seeking to avoid mediocrity and chronic inconsistency in your organization, then now is the time to sign up your key people to participate in the 2014 From Vision to Action Leadership Training. We need more leaders at all levels who have the capacity to think strategically and who can execute effectively given the challenges before us.

For more information about this unique learning experience, please click on the following link: http://www.chartyourpath.com/VTA-Leadership-Training.html

Turbulence and disruption are not going away. Having an improved capacity to deal with it is the right choice to make at this time period.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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