We are living through a time of unprecedented global change — a time I call The Churning.
Like it or not, huge changes are taking place in politics, the economy, technology, the environment, and society.
Brexit, America First, Belt and Road, Gilets Jaunes, austerity, taxation, the rise of the political right (and left), immigration, migration, terrorism… Smartphones, drones, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, driverless vehicles, electric vehicles, solar power, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla, Amazon, high competition, low economic growth, stock market volatility, storms, floods, droughts, fires, earthquakes, new diseases (of plants, animals, and humans), climate change, Extinction Rebellion, and the ongoing degradation of the planetary life support system we call ‘the environment’…
Ten years ago these issues were barely on our radars. Now they are the new normal. And though there are many items on this list you do not care about, there is probably at least one on it that is affecting you significantly.
We have created a more connected and interdependent world. We can’t predict exactly what will happen, where or when, but we do know the world is becoming more complex and unpredictable — not more stable.
This uncertainty and lack of control affects us all emotionally, especially those of us who, as leaders, are held responsible and accountable for delivering results. So, as well as experiencing the outer Churning of the physical world, we also have the inner Churning of our emotional worlds.
The people we work with — customers, suppliers, and colleagues — all have their pressures too. And when two pressured people meet it is no surprise if stressed communications lead to poor decisions and make a bad situation worse. In this way the Churning feeds on itself and grows.
This Churning won’t last forever — it is a transitional phase to something better, as you will understand by the time you have finished this book.
But to reach that point successfully, and to deal with the changes we are experiencing now, we need new thinking, new frameworks, and new tools for leading ourselves and others.
This is Inner Leadership.
Is the rate of change in your life higher, lower, or the same as it was five years ago? Two years? One year?
Do you need to learn new tools and techniques for leading yourself and others through these times of change or are you fine as you are?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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