Business, as usual, leads to stability, routine and calmness. Organisations working like clockwork or a well-oiled machine may very well sound positive. However, this may lead to stagnation of ideas, people being lured into a rut and a false sense of security. To grow and develop as a species, as a business and as people we need to be constantly challenged. We need our boundaries disrupted, pushed and continually challenged.
THANKS TO the COVID pandemic, we have been forced out of our little safe zones. We have been asked to question our past policies, practices and thoughts. Take some time to reflect on what new skills you have learnt in the past year. Think of how you have stretched your own thinking, your own skills and even your beliefs.
“The more that you read, the more that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more that you’ll grow”- Dr Seuss.
Dr Seuss’s quote above typifies the positive aspects of learning. Now let us look at the logic behind our revival.
When all is running smoothly there is a tendency to become complacent, to STOP exploring new methods and to cease learning. We become conservative and stuck in our ways. Routines become the order of the day. On the other end of the scale is the FEAR ZONE.
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When all is falling apart and nothing is working, we are called to make a huge leap into the unknown. We are forced out of our comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. People become anxious leading to individuals feeling insecure. This insecurity encourages them to work harder at achieving the “old status quo” and they seek the safety of their comfort zone. The energy zone on the other hand may very well create a culture of hope and vitality.
The energy zone is the “sweet spot” where people feel that their knowledge, skills and attitudes are being effectively utilised. People feel a sense of confidence and are open to new creative ideas. This energy becomes self-fulfilling in that as staff become more daring they achieve more and as they achieve more so they become more adventurous.
The more time spent in the energy zone, the more the zone increases and in so doing reduces both the FEAR and COMFORT zones. The big leadership question to be answered in a follow up article is…………………“How do we use the current opportunity of the COVID pandemic to take full advantage of the ENERGY ZONE?”
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