From strategy+business: Meg Wheatley, an expert on innovative leadership, warns that too many companies are reverting to fear-driven management. Instead, executives should hold to their values and build healthy corporate communities.
From Robert Quinn: When I lead workshops on positive leadership with top executives, it can be difficult to get participants to examine their own feelings, and even more difficult to get them to open up and share them with the group. They are used to being all-business; there is no room for feelings and emotion in the boardroom! But I was surprised during a recent workshop when this actually happened.
From Brene Brown: We can spend our entire lives in scarcity… just waiting for for the other shoe to drop and wondering when it will all fall apart. Or, we can lean into the uncertainty and be thankful for what we have in that precious moment. When I'm standing at the crossroads of fear and gratitude, I've learned that I must choose vulnerability and practice gratitude if want to know joy. I'm not sure that it will ever be easy for me, but I have learned to trust this practice. For that, I give thanks!
From Gallup's Tom Rieger at ChangeThis: “Fear is destroying companies. Or more specifically, fear of loss is causing companies to destroy themselves. As managers are forced to do more with less, contend with limited resources, or battle for headcount and budget, many will begin to build walls to help protect their ability to meet their own local goals. Unfortunately, sometimes those walls become so high that those inside lose sight of the ultimate outcome. Their world becomes defined by the piece, and not the puzzle. With the best of intentions, barriers are born, particularly if the rules that are created make it difficult for others outside of the silo to succeed.”
From Lou Imbriano at ChangeThis: “It’s important to realize that the only true barrier in life is you. Sure, there can be obstacles that you face every day and people who are impediments to achieving your goals, but ultimately, you will be the reason that you achieve or fail. I quite often tell folks that they have to “Go Do.” Frequently, on social media, you will see that two-word charge from me because I hope it will click with folks in need of motivation. There are so many people out there with the “woe is me” attitude; what they must realize is that they are causing the woe and they are the only conduit for change.”
From Jonathan Fields at zenhabits: Like it or not, though, uncertainty is the new normal. We live in a time where the world is in a state of constant, long-term flux. And, that’s not all. If you want to spend your time on the planet not just getting-by, but consistently creating art, experiences, businesses and lives that truly matter, you’ll need to proactively seek out, invite and even deliberately amplify uncertainty. Because the other side of uncertainty is opportunity.
I just completed a second music composition project for 2011 after a 30-year hiatus from writing. Learning to live with ambiguity shows up again, plus more shifting my identity from what I do to who I am, as in "I am enough." Ah, the saga continues.
From Jonathan Fields at 99%: The ability to live in the question long enough for genius to emerge is a touchstone of creative success. In fact, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Creative Behavior revealed tolerance for ambiguity to be “significantly and positively related” to creativity.