Our Paradigm’s Not Shifting – It’s Running Down the Street Screaming!

The past guarantees you nothing in the future if the rules change.

Joel A. Barker, Futurist, Author, Lecturer, Film Maker

Hi Leaders – I hope you and your families are staying healthy.

Years ago, I attended a training facilitated by author and futurist, Joel Barker. One of his stories that stuck with me had to do with paradigm shifts. The story goes something like this…

Today… our paradigm is not shifting… it’s running down the street screaming! We certainly don’t know everything that is around each corner. We’re a bit scared. So instead of accelerating… of course, we approach the curves with our seat belts snug, both hands on the wheel, and our foot resting firmly on the brake. I agree this is better than blindly accelerating… but is this the best approach to the curves ahead of us?

Right now is when we should be preparing for these curves. How? Reminding ourselves that although we are in a sea of changes, our organization’s purpose hasn’t changed. And we should be updating our skills and doing what we can to learn technologies that are available to us. It’s also so important to increase our communications and connections. Probably most importantly is to prepare our teams for what tomorrow might bring. Even though we’re not sure what that tomorrow might bring, we can best prepare our teams by doing what we can to build trust, show compassion, demonstrate stability and to provide hope for the future. A pretty big ask considering all the things we’re dealing with ourselves, but that’s what it’s going to not only get through this but to be prepared to grab any opportunity when we get to our new normal.

As I’ve done for the past three weeks, I will be hosting a Leader Online Happy Hour this Thursday, April 16th. The topic continues to be what you, the leaders them to be. Last week’s happy hour included a great conversation about self-care. We also talked about some of the tools we’re using to work remotely with our teams.

You’re welcome to join us. Here’s the link to register for this Thursday…

Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:00PM-6:00PM CDT


If you’re unable to join us this Thursday, but would like to register for another Leader Online Happy Hour, here are those links…

Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:00PM-6:00PM CDT

Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:00PM-6:00PM CDT

Thursday, May 7, 2020 5:00PM-6:00PM CDT

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