“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get the same results”, it is a familiar quote and one that rings true every time you hear it. There are also buzz phrases such as “think outside the box”, and this could mean simply taking on board and trying things out from someone else’s perspective. We often think that implementation has to be rooted in the way out or radical, but it could be the simplest solution with the least disruption that could be bang on the money.
Taking from this, is the idea that innovation is in everyone, there is always thinking that could drive change. To get to this, as leaders, we need to listen and hear those around us, those that are experiencing the reality, day to day. It is key to ask the right questions because they may take for granted what the solution is, but it is so obvious to them that they might assume we had already thought the same.
Working together with effective communication, drawing things out, talking, listening, trialling...Whatever you are working on, use a holistic approach to gaining the knowledge and expertise from those around us to provide the best outcomes possible.
Think differently, do differently and who knows where that might take you, but one guarantee is that you will have learnt something new about the work your doing, the environment, your colleagues; the list is endless, but most of all, you gain more insight into yourself, try it…
Change is inevitable and even those of us who are well versed in it and comfortable too, there are times of doubt and deliberation. So what is the tonic to this?
So, moving on, even when in the same place is something that should occur regularly to ensure development, self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Prevent getting stuck and regularly reviewing life and work with fresh eyes.
Undertaking change shows really clearly what we are wedded to in terms of the status quo. Change really holds up a mirror to where we are rigid and more fluid in our understanding of ourselves and how this plays out in our day to day lives. If challenged, all this bubbles to the surface and with some delving, prompting, exposure, reflection and feedback - my, is it possible to realise the current state of play!
Fixed thinking can be helpful at times, through being able to assist with making rapid decisions or in giving expert advice. However it is important to re-evaluate and freshen knowledge and skills to adapt to the various circles that we live in. It is easy sometimes to stand as a facility to change and feel at ease, but when it is you doing the changing - that can look very different. My greatest fear is to be stuck, and to wake up years on with a eureka moment that I wished I actioned years ago. Yes, hindsight is a great thing, but it is better to be able to say you changed and tried than to have stayed static for fear of the unknown. In my experience, the unknown soon becomes the comfort zone and time to move on is much needed.
Look for your encouragers and opportunities, they are there waiting, for when YOU are ready...
Jane Cadman - Here are my thoughts, observations and insights...