Who leads your life?
I mean who is in the lead in the life that you are living?
Is it you?
Too many of us get stuck in the rut of other people’s expectations or on the hamster wheel of debt/expense driven work. But what do you choose?
I am not advocating a permanent beach holiday, far from it, what I am asking is, if you truly believed that you had a choice and had the courage to pursue it; What would you be doing? Who would you be doing with? How would you be doing it?
Conformity and obedience used to be the way ahead, they used to be the way up the greasy career pole. Increasingly this is no longer the case.
We are living through increasingly turbulent and competitive times and those in power are realising that they do not know enough of the answers and that controlling people is no longer delivering the desired results.
What is becoming clear is that the only way to continue to succeed is to empower everyone, to create a culture of responsibility, a culture of passion, a culture of community. To encourage and empower people do what they believe to be important, what matters to them and have the results flow from that.
Just look at UK retailers over Christmas – the outstanding success was John Lewis – a partnership, where everyone who works actually does own part of the business and feels responsible for it’s success.
Unless we feel fulfilled in our work we will not do great work. The way to feel motivated ourselves and to do the best possible work is for us feel in control of our lives and to be doing something that matters, to us, with it. The way to motivate a workforce is for everyone to feel in control of their lives and to be doing something that matters to them, with it. The way to turn that into business success is to make sure that what matters to the people who work with or for you is aligned with your business objectives.
Businesses do not need to be structured as a partnership (like John Lewis) to give people a sense of ownership, they just need to let people lead their lives and do what is important to them and make sure there is alignment with the business intentions. It is up to the leaders of the business to create a culture of responsibility and aligned purpose and from that success will flow.
For more inspiration on the subject of free will and the courage to take personal responsibility for leading your life, watch The Adjustment Bureau – it is brilliant!
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