Time to let go
For many our human condition means we cling on to stuff that’s time expired – routines, habits, patterns, behaviours and much more. After all, there’s comfort in the familiar. If this pandemic has shown us anything though it’s the need to change our habits and behaviours, our ways of doing things. In this new context doing what we’ve always done doesn’t serve us and likely doesn’t work.
This state is equally clear in our organisations. We’ve seen much change in organisational life and the adoption of new practices at great speed. This has often been accompanied by a greater sense of empowerment for many employees.
One of our challenges now is to truly let go the stuff that doesn’t serve rather than seeking to reimpose it when either this wave of crisis, or this particular crisis, has passed.
To do that we perhaps have to let go of the biggest thing of all – our need for control. This sits at the heart of clinging to the familiar, of the attempts to snap back to how it was when things stabilise and, perhaps, the temptation to exert even greater control so we aren’t beset again.
For sure there are some things we need to control in organisations and there is much that we don’t…where trust would work much more effectively than tight monitoring and measurement. What we need to get clear on is which is which.