We better get working on tomorrow. Today.
With a wary eye on the future, it’s way past time to start thinking, seeing and acting differently. Businesses today are trying to change, but still unwilling to break out of deeply rooted operational habits like control, predictability, standardization and faster is better.
One of my inspirations for doing differently comes from a wonderful book titled Presence.
Its primary benefit to me, apart from an introduction that is phenomenal, is the concept that there is an art to seeing. The idea is that if you can learn to see differently, the whole becomes more than the sum of its mechanical parts. New ways to think about solutions to challenges emerge from the belief that organizations are living systems that can be thought of as a moving whole. If we can see broadly and more holistically by practicing suspension of our existing bias and habits, we can experience the phenomenon of “letting come”.
For tomorrow to be better, we need to become more aware and attuned to what is emerging and organize around it. Instead of trying to fit emerging ideas into our habitual constructs of today.
Human systems are changing fast. Enabling change to serve the whole without the constraints of our industrial heritage of parts is hugely challenging. The path forward requires different actions from each of us today.
I think the concept of “presence” is a wonderful way to approach the future with more confidence and hope.