Our daily pace of life sometimes seems too fast, too urgent, and we often leave behind things from yesteryear. Remembrance Day, 11 November, reminds us of the importance of the past.
Recently I picked up an old business card of mine from the 1990s and I still liked the logo, and the tagline: integrating personal and corporate growth. At that time I had left a safe corporate HRM job where I had hit the glass ceiling and was freelancing. It was just before the explosion of internet connectivity. After a couple of years of freelancing, I went back to university and explored a whole new path of Philosophy / Peace Studies followed by a PhD in tourism, development and sustainability. As a teacher crossing disciplines, I taught tourism and events management, management and organisational behaviour, research and writing skills.
I continued my passion to support people to be the best person that they can be. At all levels of an organisation.
From students on work experience to entry level employees to the CEO and Boardroom.
A hot topic of discussion for business today is ‘innovation’. To invent. To give a new lease of life. To discover. To pioneer. To revolutionise. (From Roget’s Thesaurus).
More commonly used in relation to science and technology, now our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is urging Australians:
“We have to work more agilely, more innovatively, we have to be more nimble in the way we seize the enormous opportunities that are presented to us. We’re not seeking to proof ourselves against the future. We are seeking to embrace it,” as reported by David Uren in the Australian Business Review, 24 September 2015. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/fostering-innovation-at-heart-of-malcolm-turnbulls-economic-policy/story-e6frg9qo-1227540992168.
What does it mean for us to work ‘more innovatively’? And more ‘collaboratively’?
What is often overlooked in the new technological 24/7 connectivity workplace are the ‘soft personal skills’, building relationships of trust before working together.
And changing the concept of leaders as an élite group with control over others to ‘everyone is a leader’.
Enhancing personal leadership skills to enable greater articulation of values, strengths and goals that are aligned with organisational values, strengths and goals is the critical task for now – in order to work across disciplinary boundaries and to engage in truly collaborative teams where trust, compassion and capability can lead to synergy and innovative quantum leaps in outcomes.
As a former HR practitioner, and teacher of contemporary theory and practice relating to Organisational Behaviour and Management, my focus is on ‘soft skills’, in order to create reflective and engaging workplaces that integrate personal and organisational growth.
There are many issues facing workplaces in a time of greater complexity, volatility and rapid change. And in a crowded chaotic marketplace of offerings, it can be overwhelming to choose personal and professional development programs that are specifically relevant for your particular workplace.
We all face CHALLENGES that impact on our physical and emotional HEALTH, and the health of our organisations.
We can take ACTION to lead us to OPPORTUNITIES and SUCCESS.
Next time I will introduce the CHAOS dynamic processes as an innovative way to unlock and overcome obstacles for personal and organisational change and growth.
It springs from the fertile middle ground between senior executive leaders and junior entry-level staff. And it will give a new lease of life to my old logo and values. Watch this space.
In the meanwhile, what do you see as the biggest challenges for your organisation, or for yourself in terms of your personal growth? If you had one wish for action to overcome this challenge what might it be?
As a gentle provocateur of positive change,