The world churns in complexity, conflict, change and uncertainty.
As people and whole organizations strain to keep up, peace and high performance, by any other names, are the central challenge of every enterprise. In corporations and communities, startups and silos, from team rooms and committee meetings to executive leadership and governing boards – we need to do more, and do it more together.
When given the chance, ordinary people handle what’s charged and challenging in extraordinary ways. Even, and especially, in the most trying times, it’s possible and necessary to keep finding and feeding those things that still work. Together, we can:
- Create more satisfied customers and engaged employees
- Invite faster and smarter innovation and adaptation
- Deliver more business value and bigger social and environmental impact
In any kind of organization or working group, we can mobilize fully-engaged all hands initiatives, translate pain points into roadmaps that teams can rally around, and cultivate the collaborative relationships and practices that drive results in turbulent times. We can regain balance and momentum.
The things we want can emerge, in spite of everything, faster and easier than you’d expect. That’s been my experience in corporate strategic planning, agile transformation, and in the middle of an armed civil war; in economic development and employee engagement; with start-ups, community groups and foundations; students from grade school to grad school, every level of government, and many religious organizations and denominations. I think we should try.