The power of now
Putting things off can be a very seductive thing. Tomorrow can often seem like a better time – when we’ve more money, when the facts are clearer, when there’s less to do, when…
Of course, sometimes it is right to postpone or wait for another time. The question though for leaders at this time in human history is what does a better time look like and how certain can we be that it will arrive?
The level of change and uncertainty around us at this time, even, we might say, volatile conditions means that the factors we may we waiting for may never arrive – at least not in the shape or form we might be hoping for. This type of environment and context calls on us to find a new leadership approach to decision making – one that balances caution and the need for more ‘guarantees’ with a deeper level of trust of our own sense of what feels right.
Entrepreneurs, at least successful ones, are renowned for being able to act fast, back their instincts and intuition and keep moving forward. They trust that whatever the situation, they can find the resources they need to navigate and make the situation work for them/their idea. Organisational leaders are being called upon to find more of that self-trust now.
To back one’s own thinking, to involve others and listen to them and then to move in the current moment – whether that’s about investments, cultural progression, new developments, responding to client needs and so on. The reality of today’s world is that the quality of the culture, the level of trust we have in our people and the ability to back our own judgements (in the face of deep uncertainty) is what is called for now. Being in the moment of now and making the best decision possible.
The alternative? We risk stasis and paralysis where the world moves on around us and we find ourselves with choices being made for us instead of by us.
Let’s tap into the courage of being in co-creation with the current moment of now and all its imperfections – it’s deeply empowering.