Relevant Part 3 by Laura Goodrich
We conclude Laura Goodrich’s exploration of focusing on positive outcomes and the impact it has on organizational change and business performance. She explores why using social is not a “dip your toe in the water” management action. She calls upon all of us to get out of neutral and find forward, F-A-S-T! Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here.
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.”
You might ask yourself “Why? What makes this change so critical?” Well there’s a quote from my friend, Dr. Anne Perschel; I believe it is so important for us.
“Good leaders see when patterns are about to change. While everyone else is looking at a clear bright picture of the present, the savvy leader sees the vague outline of an emerging pattern through the incoming fog.”
That is the power of having a positive outcome focus. That’s the power of having your high beams on, recognizing where things are going. Doing this will give you a distinct advantage, and in the end it is your job as a leader. Definitively knowing that you are going to be ok, no matter what, and then paying attention to trends and changes that effect the world. This will give you a sense of confidence and strength that the people you lead are seeking. And by the way, you need for them to operate similarly.
Gone are the days that key leaders can keep their finger of the pulse on the many moving parts! We’re all in this together.
High Beams On
Let me share with you the story of Heather, a midlevel manager at a Fortune 100 company. Heather definitely has her high beams on. She has several lists that she follows on Twitter. One is breaking news. She also follows all of her competitors. She follows thought leaders that she knows and respects. She follows the magazines or publications that she loves like Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. Every single day, she starts off reviewing these lists and on this particular day she recognized something on several of the sources that her competitors were doing over the holidays that no one else was doing.
So she walked into a meeting. The CEO of the company was there and she laid out what the competition was doing and posed the questions: ”What is our position? What is our reaction to this decision?” The look on their faces told her they were absolutely unaware of what she was talking about. That’s what high beams looks like and organizations desperately need leaders within the organizations doing just that. This marks the type of individual that organizations need to be successful. There is too much at stake here, and this is a matter of survival.
90% of CEO’s believe our organizations are ill prepared to maneuver the road ahead.
It is a time of peril, and the future will be no different, but it is also a time of great opportunity for those that are ready to do the work and create a future that they will be proud of. You might say to yourself, “Well, I’ll just wait and see if ‘they’ figure it out.” [You fill in the blank for what ‘it’ is.] That indeed is an option, put I think that waiting for “them” to “get it,” is a dangerous proposition.
After all, you are in a position of influence, and it’s time to make a definitive decision to control what you can and start where you are able, with your team. Because if not you, then who. If not now, then when?
I am calling on you to put on your high beams; get your hands the wheel so that you can provide the leadership that we so desperately need now. It’s going to be a crazy road. There’s no denying it, and that road requires a special kind of leader that is not willing to wait, and is ready to put it in gear without all the answers and steer toward opportunities and away from threats and lead others to do the same!
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.
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