There are lots of possibilities for improvement of people and organizations and the list is never-ending. The reality is that life is all about continuous continuous improvement and constant change and development.
There are so many ideas that are already in the wagon and already used by so many other people. It does not require a lot of creativity or even the invention of new ideas or processes, since these ideas often already exist.
The key is perspective and vision. It is about getting people to “step back from the wagon” and consider possibilities.
If you are looking for The Answer on issues of personal and organizational change, recognize that there is probably no good simple answer. No one is that smart and every situation is different. There are too many conflicting factors and individual differences to do anything but coach and support.
“Given the right circumstances, from no more than dreams, determination, and the liberty to try, quite ordinary people consistently do extraordinary things.”
Dee Hock, founder of VISA International
“Never doubt that a small, committed group of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)
God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest. (Swedish proverb)
At the same time, the best practices and unimplemented ideas are already in the wagon, needing only some way to recognize and implement them. There are a lot of workable and even proven ideas that can be used by you and the people you support. We just need a more effective approach to sharing these ideas and implementing change.
Some of my thoughts are these:
Our journey forward is often marked by limitations, but numerous possibilities already exist for improvement.
Whatever you do, don’t simply keep pushing!
So, let’s choose to focus on becoming more than what we are and becoming more like the butterfly. It is the diversity of thinking and perspective that gives us the opportunity to continue to see things in different ways. And we need to keep focused on the future. Each of us has the potential within us to fly, even though we all are different, so long as we continue to focus on improvement.
We are limited in vision and processes, but we can always push for improvements.
You cannot empower. You CAN Dis-Un-Empower.
You can help remove the roadblocks.
Most employees say, “Can’t” but really CAN.
But people have been writing about managing and leading change for as long as people have been writing. It has always been with us and it will always represent both a problem as well as a solution.
Go to the people
Learn from them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have
But of the best leaders
When their task is accomplished
Their work is done
The people will remark:
“We have done it ourselves.”
2000 year-old Chinese Saying
“Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.” (Author Unknown)
“Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.”
(The Eagles, “Take It Easy”)
Even Caterpillars can fly, if they would just lighten up.
So, I challenge each of you to look for ideas for improvement and make a difference in your wagons.
Your Round Wheels already exist. Use Them. And have FUN out there!
Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant. Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
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