In a time of change, the strategies and tactics we used in the past might not work any more. So we have to think outside the box of the way the world used to work — after all, Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb by looking for better ways of making candles.
Probably the only two things that we can be sure of in a time of change are that we can’t predict what will happen and that all ways forward are likely to be difficult. This means success becomes most likely not when we repeat what worked in the past but when we find what generates the greatest levels of enthusiasm and support among the people we will need to make it happen — our customers, our employees, our investors, our families, and most importantly ourselves.
In a time of change, the best way to find new options to move forward is not by strategising ever more deeply about the way the world used to work but by finding new inspiration for the way the world could be.
What inspires you most about what you’re working on today? What would happen if you were working on something that you (and the people around you) found even more inspiring?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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