Have you ever noticed that the road to innovation is not straight nor is it flat, it’s disruptive, curvy and sometimes riddled with potholes? Typically, those potholes create distractions that cause burnouts, minor failures or even monumental, catastrophic failures.
The net result of this can often be loss of focus and fear within many organizations, especially as we start a new year. 2016 will be a year of major disruption in my opinion and it will require all the Ikigai and Kaizen you can muster within your organization.
Negativity resides everywhere we live today, it’s found at work, school, home, even church. Everywhere you look there are stories of sad and depressing conditions some true, some exaggerated and some totally false. While it can seem difficult to maintain a positive outlook in order to attract the better things that you desire it is critical for sustainable success.
Do you feel that self-improvement is beneficial or just a pain? Too often we feel that to embark on a self-improvement plan is a sign of weakness and should not be visible or acknowledged in public. In my opinion, this view is totally wrong and will limit your career and any legacy that you would like to leave.
Personally, I know that I will never be perfect, there will always be room for improvement. Likewise, you will not be perfect and there will always be room for improvement.
Self-improvement is vital for anyone to manage their career, it doesn’t matter if you are a company President, Operations Leader, Customer Service Representative, Sales & Marketing Director or “pick a title.
I have been pondering this question for some time and I finally have a clear understanding of the topic. Are you a leader because you want to leave a “legend” or a “legacy”? This can be a highly controversial topic because many leaders really don’t get this. In fact, I might even venture to say that most leaders don’t get this.
In reality, the true measure of your success or lack of success won’t be determined until after you are gone. Months and years after your departure will reveal what kind of leader you were.
While we often associate these words with the process that takes place after our death, I believe it applies anytime we change roles, companies or even retirement.
Back in the 90’s the U.S. Army came up with the acronym VUCA to describe the world situation at the time. VUCA stands for an environment that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.
While this was very descriptive of the world situation at the time, the term and conditions have really become more visible in many business eco-systems around the world. It generally describes an environment that changes rapidly and frequently that reflects disruption to systems, people and markets. With this disruption, it also lacks predictability in terms of depth and areas of impact, encompasses a variety of process which may conflict and confuse.
Most importantly it lacks clarity in being able to define the scope and possible solutions to issues because there may be many possible solutions and external influences which can cloud the decision-making process.
If we are perfectly honest about our own situation, we are most likely working in a VUCA environment but just didn’t have a term that fit our perception. Now we do!