The call to transform is everywhere these days. It’s hard to escape the magazine headlines screaming out the urgency to transform our lives, our health regime, our finances, our mindfulness….equally there is an urgency pushed along by the digital revolution to change the way we do business and make a meaningful contribution to society.
I am a passionate believer in the value of transformation which I equate to be more of an evolution, a gradual process of change in pursuit of excellence, driven by the ambition of wanting to become a better version of yourself. I believe it was Aristotle who said “ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”.
Challenge & Exploration are part of my core beliefs as I truly believe that being quizzical, exploring new things and places, pushing boundaries and raising the bar ultimately lead to personal growth and as a consequence result in becoming a better version of yourself. I am convinced this is as much true for people as it is for organisations.
It feels there is a generational difference, though, to the way we go about achieving our growth evolution, our transformation.
Young millennials seem to be leading the way with their natural flair of being very fluid, flexible, fast paced and natural ability to network in both real and virtual world enabled through their strong affinity with technology. They are redefining “life” as we know it and I have to admit I find their approach to life really gutsy!
They insist on living healthy and organically, almost going back to the core of our being. Movement, activity and work-outs are incorporated into the daily routine and they are blurring those hard-fought boundaries between “work” and “life” and by doing so, achieving a higher quality of life.
They see happiness almost as a spiritual experience of living in the moment and taking responsibility for your personal journey to become the best version of yourself. They truly embrace individuality, reject the idea that you have to look the same, dress and act the same (Amen to that!!).
This change in attitude also manifests itself in the workplace where they are more demanding of employers and equally of themselves to be contributing and adding value in an environment that sets their soul on fire. If it doesn’t, they don’t shy away from calling it out and to move on. They will certainly not wait until retirement to start living their dreams.
It takes some bravery to be so confident in yourself and your definition of happiness. I can only rejoice in the fact that our world and the rules we play by are being redefined by these ballsy youngsters as they are creating a platform for all of us to step out of our comfort zone, challenge ourselves and our beliefs and transform our lives – evolve to become a better version of You.
Challenging the status quo is never easy yet it is obvious from the commercially successful health and sports’ hype that more and more of us are doing exactly that in our personal lives. So why is transforming our workplace proving to be so much more difficult?
For years, companies have been striving to offer a business culture that offers its people rapid progression, a varied and interesting career, constant feedback and dedication to growth and progression resulting in the rollout of so-called performance and development review programmes. But have these truly been game-changers in the workplace? Equally, employee surveys are highlighting that people are growing tired of the rigid conventional corporate structures with its information silos and gain more job satisfaction and, in turn, are more successful when working in communities of mutual interest and passion.
This is not new stuff yet embedding this level of change within organisations has proven to be very difficult. So why should business leaders finally take note and become more committed to deliver true transformation?
There is a new sense of urgency in the market place today as a result of how digital technology is changing the way we do business and the pace at which we do it. In order to have the competitive advantage, businesses not only need to invest in tools and technology, they need transform into highly adaptable and change-ready, dare I say, entrepreneurial organisations.
Rottenberg captured it so well in her book Crazy is a Compliment :
Stability is the friend of the status quo; chaos is the friend of the entrepreneur.
The flat-footed grow conservative; the nimble-footed get imaginative.
I absolutely love how technological innovation and a young generation is reshaping our world and our lives and I welcome their drive and ambition to transform.
I urge each and every one of you to welcome these entrepreneurial idea people, young and old (!), into your lives, into your workplace and join in with their conviction that change is the only way to evolve into something better.
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