Tuesday With Michael: Get Clear on Your New Normal

Michael Gidlewski

How important is it for you to get this year right?

Let’s look at the 4 realities we need to contend with right now.

Reality 1.

Change is the only constant in our lives. The challenges we currently face are without precedent. Technology is transforming how people work, think, and connect.

Also, we’re living in times of massive unpredictability. Most people crave certainty in their lives, and we have anything but certainty.

We are living in a massively more complex world that is changing at warp speed. Everything is changing.

Reality 2.

In the new normal everyone is under siege to improve performance at every level in the organization.  We are constantly struggling to cope with getting more done in less time, with fewer good people, and ever-tightening margins. Organizations are in the midst of tremendous change and disruption.

Reality 3

Just about everyone on the planet right now feels overwhelmed, over-extended and crazy busy. There’s too much going on and information continues to come at us at a fast and furious pace.

Expectations are completely out of whack and more people are connected in more ways with technology yet communicate less effectively than ever before.

Reality 4

We all possess finite resources. We only have so much time, effort, energy, and resources to achieve our goals. We all only get 24 hours a day – time is our most precious and limited resource. Most leaders today are extremely concerned about productivity and how to leverage that in the new normal.

Good is no longer good enough and business as usual is no longer an option. The fact is that whatever got you to where you are today is not enough to keep you there.  Whatever you are doing today, you will have to be doing it considerably better a year from now if you still want to be in business.

And if you want to change your results you need to change your thinking. You will need to start to think differently to act differently to achieve better results. As the leader goes, so the team goes. The leader creates the culture, and the language of the core values and vision defines the culture.

So, my challenge to you is to get crystal clear on your future and develop your team of managers and leaders to get you there.