A transforming state of mind
Often when we think about transformation we think about big change programmes, about a highly visible shift in state. We believe there’s a chasm between the transactional activity of the day to day or business as usual and transformation.
So transformation becomes something for another day, or month, or year. Or when we have accumulated the time and resources, and we have developed the multi-layer plan. In some ways this makes it yet another task – a process of transactions even though the outcome may be that shifted state.
Transformation isn’t just about the grand or the ‘show stopper’. It’s in the detail too – the seemingly inconsequential moments and movements that accumulate into something special.
It starts with individual mind-set and will – our intention to do things differently and in a way that transforms how we show up, how we take on the task and the experience we create for and with others.
We can apply this intention every day – for ourselves in ensuring we build in and use reflection time during the day. And if we think we’re too time-poor to do this we’re in transactional rather than transformational mode. Yet this connecting in with ourselves clears the mental clutter and distractions that hamper our productivity.
It also helps move from the more perfunctory and instructional interactions with others to something more heartfelt and connected. A genuine interest behind the ‘how are you?’ in the other’s well-being. Giving full attention in every conversation (not only leaving the smartphone in the pocket but suspending the mental ‘to do’ list and countdown clock too). Flexing the way we communicate to meet another’s needs. Resisting giving instructions and trusting others can work out how to achieve what’s needed. Enthusiastically supporting the experimental rather than safe, tried and tested approach.
These moments happen very often in every working day. We have a choice as to whether we transact or transform. As leaders isn’t it our responsibility to set our mind to and choose the latter?