We are living through a time of unprecedented global change. 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’…
These are just some of the changes that are happening. This is time I call The Churning.
Ten years ago these issues were barely on our radars. Now they are the new normal. And although there will be many items on this list that you do not care about, there is probably at least one that is affecting you significantly.
We can’t predict exactly what is going to happen, where, or when. But we can be certain that the world is becoming more complex and unpredictable — not more stable.
This unpredictability and lack of control affects us all psychologically and emotionally. And the people we work with — customers, suppliers, and colleagues — all have their pressures too. So 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 will experience along the way, we need new frameworks and new tools for leading ourselves and others through this time of change.
This is Inner Leadership.
Is the rate of change in your life today higher, lower, or the same as it was five years ago? Twelve months from now, do you expect the rate of change to be higher, lower, or the same? Would be useful to learn new tools and techniques for leading yourself and others through this time of change?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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