We live in two worlds – the predictable world and the unpredictable world

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Cut open an apple.

First question:

How many seeds are there in your apple?

This is a simple linear challenge – anything from 5 to 8 seeds. A child can do it easily.

Second question:

How many apples are there in each seed?

That’s a different, non-linear challenge. The number of apples in each seed depends on a whole lot of unpredictable variables; time, money, water, space, soil fertility, diseases, pests, and …. and ….

We are becoming more and more aware every day that we are living simultaneously in two quite different worlds.

The one is the world we know.

The predictable world; the stable, the repetitive, the safe world.

The other world is almost totally unpredictable, uncertain, full of infinite variables, and potentially very scary.

We always have lived in both worlds of course, but we couldn’t see the second, and it certainly didn’t challenge us until the absolute explosion of technology in the last 20 years.

The Internet, Facebook, Apple, GPS, Google, Amazon, IPads, Smart Phones and literally thousands of free Apps have invited us – or forced us – to admit to this exciting but infinitely uncertain environment in which we can fly; or swim; or sink.

This new world requires a totally new way of thinking, of doing and of behaving.

The key to this challenge is the ability to THINK and to THINK TOGETHER.

High energy individuals in high energy teams do both really well; provided they have developed really high levels of TRUST.

Different behaviours are essential but are not easily learned!

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Our focus at Learning to Lead is on ensuring that individuals and/or teams Think, and Think Together in High Energy and High Trust relationships.

 

 

Company Culture, the collection of shared norms or beliefs

From time to time, we get asked to help a client define their own unique “Company Culture”. It is a fascinating exercise, takes time, absolute honesty and authenticity and patient collaboration at all levels in the organisation.

According to Wikipedia ….

“Culture is the social behavior and norms found in human societies.”

Essentially, we believe, it is about how we behave towards one another, and why we behave that way. We behave the way we do because we believe it to be the best way we know to achieve what we seek to achieve … together!

So the culture of our client company is its collection of shared norms or beliefs – its “Company Values” – which drive behaviour towards one another and towards their stakeholders. These are inspired by excited consensus as to what they want to achieve – our “Vision” and “Mission”.

Achieving harmony and then making the Values truly live is a tough challenge, especially in larger organizations.

Agreeing and defining the destination they are to seek with passion is often even tougher especially in the new Quantum World of almost infinite and ever changing risks and opportunities.

But no matter how well these crucial covenants are defined, nothing happens without Energy ….. Human Energy!

High energy, fully engaged staff and Trust, with a capital ‘T’ make the exercise, and then the Journey, a legend.

Negative energy, disengaged staff and distrust, destroy it.

Helping an organisation go through this process successfully and creating high levels of sustainable energy to drive it towards its dream, is what we believe we do best.

Colin Hall. 0825687887
Steve Hall 0825687894