2020 has accelerated changes already underway in the nature of work, and the way we work. Many have said it has compressed five years into as many months as business models have been exposed, many of us have learned to work from home, and the stories we thought we were part of are being rewritten.
It is confusing and exciting, unsetlling and transformational. To thrive in these circumstances, we need to create new stories for ourselves that will acknowledge the challenges we face going forward, from technology to climate change and everything in between.
There are no maps for the journey we are on. To make sense of what is happening, and craft our new stories we need to work together. To share knowledge and experience, ideas and fears, and explore the new as our world moves beyond complicated to inherently complex. In this new world, boundaries are dissolving. Everything we do has consequences. Some we may be able to predict, many we cannot. We have to learn, adapt, experiment and repeat, both as individuals and as businesses.
The company we keep is important. We become the average of the five people we most associate with. That company has to be founded on trust, diversity, opennes and shared values. If we establish that, everything else follows.
When Covid-19 hit, we started small groups like this, from very different professional backgrounds in order to try and make sense of what was happening. We discovered that in the complex change we are in, there are no experts and that real insight occurred when people with very different views met each other “in the middle” as equals and entertained ideas and approaches they would not have done in the “old normal”.
We are harnessing what we have learned to create a small number of new groups, created from equally diverse backgrounds, to help people develop new stories for themselves and their organisations.
We start from scratch – no “solutions”, “programmes” or “training”. First we make sense of where we are, what is going on around us and where we want to go. Then we help each other go there.
The Originize team are guides. We travel with you, learning with you and supporting you as we all discover what might be next for us.
If you want to harness the power of uncertainty, write a new story for yourself and help others to do the same, contact us to find out more.