A question of reinvention
Our fundamentally changed and constantly evolving world is prompting us, individually and collectively to a state of continuous reinvention. Of course, we can refuse, stay stuck as the world departs without us for what comes next. Or we can make a conscious change to get with the programme that is unfolding.
In childhood we’re often asked what we want to be when we grow up – a question usually focused on career ambition. Perhaps a better question is who we want to be. It’s pertinent whatever our age and never more so than now with the challenges facing our world.
Yet the question we should be asking ourselves is ‘who are we becoming and is that who we want to be?’ This opens up the possibility for the deep reflection we need, as leaders, to consider our impact on our people and the world and what we might need to change and how.
With a practice of reflection and the honest feedback of those around us we can start to define our reinvention, examining our values, beliefs and behaviours and letting go those things that no longer serve so that we can progress in greater integrity.
This principle of reinvention applies to our organisations too and how fit they are for contributing what our world needs now. Collective reflection is needed to help us onto the course of becoming who we would want to be on our best day, making a difference in the world.
Some might consider this navel gazing when there’s ‘real work’ to be done. Yet isn’t this the real work…to ensure we bring the best version of ourselves – singly and together – to our work?