I left Australia on the first day of spring and landed in the United States in summer. I return to Australia's spring today and when I return to the United States in four days time I will be landing on the first day of autumn. And so it is not quite the Crowded House hit Four Seasons in One Day but I guess Traversing Three Seasons in Four Days isn't as catchy.
I think there is something wonderfully symbolic about this changing of, and this time the reversing of, the seasons as I cross borders, continents and cultures at a time when the world is experiencing unprecedented change and disruption and when our humanity and decency is being called into question.
In my private coaching with leaders and in my work as an advisor at Pottinger, we talk about the importance of letting go of the status quo. We warn that hanging onto the status quo is fast becoming riskier than change. Nigel Lake talks about this in his book, The Long Term Starts Tomorrow. He argues that to survive in a rapidly changing world, companies need to ensure that short term actions are aligned with a clear long-term strategic destination – thus embracing the need for change.
I speak regularly about some of what I see as not negotiable traits for the up and coming generation of daring and purposeful leaders, which includes embracing a love of transparency, and displaying a willingness and ability to change and adapt. And as individual leaders find the courage to do this, which comes with the ability to be vulnerable, they also understand that they must set up a culture within their organisations that allows for prosperity. In the book I am writing, The Supremacy Gene, Dr Alexa Muratore and I talk about the need for organisations to encourage and nurture a culture that is a precondition for success in tomorrow’s environment.
So perhaps as the seasons change, I am being reminded of the importance of remaining agile. For although I love to work with people to set goals and work towards destinations that are bold and daring, I recognize that if we ever want to achieve them, if we actually want to arrive there, then it requires a flexibility and a resilience that means accepting that along the way we may experience more than one season in any 24 hours.
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