As the pace of change inside global organizations picks up, we need leaders who can roll with the punches – and still keep their balance and sense of direction.
Accepting and embracing real personal change requires openness and a willingness to transform. To stay sharp, leaders need to learn on the fly when facing new problems.
Get yourself out of the rut and daily routines that could keep you bogged down. Use a business trip or meeting in a new location to do something completely different.
I was once involved in developing a new corporate brochure which aimed at giving customers a more comprehensive view of our brand. The agency had gotten stuck in details and the whole project lingered for months without any progress.
Before visiting the agency with the project manager, we walked into an art museum with modern sculptures. I was taken aback by several sculptures of children scaled up to adult size. They looked weird with puffy cheeks, almost scary. This was sixteen years ago. I cannot recall the name of the artist, but I still remember a tall man with the face of a child.
Leaving our normal points of references behind helped us to get unstuck. After brainstorming with the vendor for half an hour, we exchanged half of the images and I could give them a green light to print.
In the middle of change, everything is chaotic. There is a full range of wild and crazy emotions and physical reactions. Nothing is ordinary any longer.
That’s when you need to step out and take a weekend retreat or check into a spa. Leave your mobile phone and agenda behind. Focus on what is only important but not urgent.
Connect deeply with your family or old friends. Spend time reflecting and recharging your batteries. Read a novel that is very different from your usual choice, and listen to some classical music that will help you take it down a notch.
Open up your mind to consider different options without bias. Identify several alternatives or scenarios for going forward. Keep all your doors and windows open.