The most important component in become more effective is responding instead of reacting to people and situations. However, it is also the most challenging for most people due to the industrialization of our education system. If you grew up in a country where reward and punishment was used at home and/or school, you likely react to people and situations instead of respond. No blame, it's part of the socialization.
To learn to respond is a journey. Such a journey starts with understanding the mindset you bring to challenges. This becomes complicated in face of criticisms, judgments, blame, uncertainty, mistakes and other types of unwanted outcomes and consequences. Coaching guides your new habit formation while showing you which methods are faster and provide long-lasting benefits. As a result, you feel more focused, engaged and in control even amidst ambiguity and fast-paced change.
The current context in which we all live and work exposes enormous cracks in past-trusted structures and institutions. Such cracks generate unprecedented uncertainties that rattle even well-honed habits or leadership mastery. This context reflects an historical transformation within our organizations and societies:
- from an industrial mindset that treats people as replaceable resources — or titles, jobs, functions
- to a human-centric mindset that respects and amplifies peoples' inherent value and unlimited potential — a mindset that puts people at the center of decisions
MOST of the problems that we humans face are created through the industrial mindset. When we are treated as if we're replaceable, we defend ourselves against threats to our image and livelihoods and have to prove our worth through visible achievements. Reacting at work, we can easily feel frustated, powerless and uncertain of our abilty to handle challenges. Covid-19 has exacerbated these existing problems making things more intense and complex. We come to learn that the problems we face are not the real issues, rather HOW we respond to them that determines our well-being and impact.
To create change, it is essential to:
- acknowledge that we live in a world that sees people as replaceable titles or functions
- realize that we are not to blame, yet we do inadvertently use the industrial mindset
- use the human-centric mindset to respond to triggers, communicate clearly around the core issues and amplify the value each person at work brings
Coaching with me is a proven way to create exponential change at home and work.
Schedule an introductory power session with me if you're serious about change.