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Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Business, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership | 2 comments

Relevant Part 2 by Laura Goodrich

We continue Laura’s Relevant post. Read the first part here.

20 years ago we didn’t even have an internet. Who knows what the jobs will be in the next 20 years? People will be asked to reinvent themselves. For many, this redesign will come at the point when they would prefer to stay with the current model.

When I think about this, I think about a conversation that we had at an organization recently; several of the people had the deer-in-headlights look, others looked outright mad. They were so fearful.

They were clearly focusing on everything that they did not want to have happen – everything they didn’t understand.

It begs the question: How are you ever going to bring value under these conditions? This unconscious focus of fear is going to reckon with you, unless you reckon with it. The cascading effect is bound to get momentum until you decide to operate differently and lead with conviction.

Often during times of change people get hung up with what change expert Price Prichet calls the five C’s:

  1. Complaining about the situation
  2. Criticizing management
  3. Expressing concern
  4. Commiserating with their colleagues
  5. Sometimes full-blown Catastrophizing

Because about 70% of our thoughts are focused on what we DON’T want and that we are creatures of habit, our thoughts, actions and behaviors repeat themselves. These unproductive and damaging patterns cruise through our consciousness undetected. We don’t even realize the damage we are creating. Consider how this is affecting the culture of our teams and organizations worldwide.

Not long ago, I was speaking with a group of 50 or 60 leaders and we were talking about this dynamic change and the crazy world that we live in. A leader at the back of the room raised her hand and said, “Laura – I just need to be honest, this environment, this culture change scares me witless!” It was like the air was sucked out of the room at that moment. I asked the group, “How many of you agree?” Every single hand went up. There was one person’s hand that went much higher. That leader said:

“I agree with all of you. I’m scared too, but I’ll tell you what, I’m going to be okay. I have reinvented myself before. I’ve tripped. I’ve fallen. I’ve had different job titles and worked for new companies. I’m going to be okay.”

After speaking with many groups, I believe this is something we all need to learn to say. There is so much uncertainty and to effectively harness and develop the discipline of focusing on positive outcomes, you’ve got to definitively say “I’m going to be okay.”

Tomorrow we conclude with Laura’s passionate call to action. Get ready. You’ll need both hands on the wheel for this one.

 

Acclaimed change and future expert Laura Goodrich is an award winning author and producer. She shares stories about incredible people for a major market television station.  She is a true innovator bringing game changing solutions to individuals and organizations worldwide.

Author Seeing Red Cars – Driving to a Positive Future www.SeeingRedCarsBook.com and www.srcadvancedexperience.com

Co-Founder www.OnImpactProductions.com

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Laura Goodrich

Acclaimed change and future expert Laura Goodrich is an award winning author and producer. She shares stories about incredible people for a major market television station. She is a true innovator bringing game changing solutions to individuals and organizations worldwide. Author Seeing Red Cars – Driving to a Positive Future www.SeeingRedCarsBook.com and www.srcadvancedexperience.com Co-Founder www.OnImpactProductions.com

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  • http://www.brucesallan. Bruce Sallan

    I’ll add another “C” to your list…but a more positive one: CREATE!

    • http://www.SeeingRedCarsBook.com Laura

      You’ve got that right Bruce! Another positive “C” I like to bring into the mix is CURIOSITY!