Bridge builders lead the future
As leaders the future of work and the future workplace are both an ever-present state that’s just around the corner and, at the same time, something on a distant horizon we’re travelling towards.
In either case we need to be thinking about how we get there – be it tomorrow or years away – in good shape and that means adding another role to our already extensive repertoire or at least really polishing current practise. What I’m suggesting here is that we fully embrace the role of bridge builder and sharpen our practise around it.
We need bridge building right now to…
- Help our people see how what they do each day connects with the bigger picture – organisation purpose, vision, goals, a better world. Essentially it’s a connection that helps every member of our team find something meaningful in what they do each day. Maybe we’re doing it very well already and maybe we’re not as we get immersed in busy-ness and task. A sense of purpose helps to bridge to the future.
- Foster collaboration team member to team member, team to team, department to department, etc., so we make the best use of all talents and in the best way and start to celebrate openly and work consciously with our interdependence and interconnectedness. Collaboration will become an increasingly significant practise in the next chapter of work.
- Start to build the bridge to the future workplace that helps others navigate the uncertainty and complexity that characterise our world today; that helps them see how today’s skills might apply tomorrow; that nurtures open-mindedness, curiosity, and an explorer’s spirit.
If it is founded on confidence, on communication, on compassion, on connection with others and our world and ‘constructed’ with love – this bridge will surely make for a sturdy passage.