In the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, 57% of Americans believe the U.S. is in a “cold civil war.” Other studies show that more than 60% of Americans believe there’s little real hope that trust levels will improve any time soon. But here’s the reality: People must work together to solve today’s most pressing issues.
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Dad said we have a kind of motion-picture screen in our minds, and every day we project on that screen the movie that depicts the image we have of ourselves. We tend to live out that image. But here’s the catch—we can choose to project a different movie on that screen and the “new” movie becomes the “new” image we have of ourselves.
Millions of workers are experiencing pandemic burnout. People are re-examining and reprioritizing their values. In recent months, record numbers of workers have quit their jobs to explore new opportunities. For leaders, this shifting landscape requires a renewed focus on leading and retaining high-performing teams.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that today’s workplace bears little resemblance to the workplace of only a few years ago. At the intersection of culture, politics, and changing generations, there’s been a dramatic shift in the way people get work done. Sure, technology plays a big role in the change. But “the people stuff” is the biggest driver in the evolution.
Leaders, who are imperfect humans themselves, must rely on other imperfect humans to produce good performance. The problem is that conventional wisdom says you must get different people if the people aren’t producing the results you want. But what if you could change the people you already have?
Conventional wisdom on teamwork and collaboration has created a kind of “always-on” work environment. For both remote and in-person work, an “always-on” mentality contributes to burnout, anemic performance, weakened innovation, and sinking levels of engagement. Does this sound familiar?
Whether you work in a multi-national corporation, a small start-up, or a local non-profit, you need to deal with the future. Sure, you can just tiptoe along and let the future slap you in the face. Or you can use your imagination and creativity to fashion the future you really want. To do so, you’ll need to challenge your assumptions.