We all need hope.
Hope is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul. Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity. That’s what change is all about.
Focus on hope for a moment. Consider what you are hoping for in your business or career. What are your personal hopes? Do you wonder what your life would look like if you got what you hope for? Close your eyes and picture it for just a moment. Dream it with me. Now, let’s make it happen. Let’s take that vision from hope to action.
There are only six steps to turn hope into action. The steps are easy to forget, and many of us stumble when it comes to some of the steps. I stumble over #3 quite a bit. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten to the point of liking my “child”, but sometimes it’s difficult to let her out. As you read this list, identify the items you believe you’ll stumble over and make plans to embrace them as part of your journey in turning hope into action.
- Strategic intelligence and intuition
The art of being strategic is to consider what could be. It is to ask questions until there are no more questions to ask. Yes, it is strategic intelligence AND strategic intuition. Trust your gut. Trust your inner voice.
- WHO are your stakeholders?
Make a list. The chances are that list will include your family or community members, co-workers, employees, employers, and customers? Consider not simply what they do and their profession or how they act, but what their generation is as well. That includes what they care about – their values, their dreams, and their hopes.
- Permission to play
Give everyone – yourself included, permission to play. There is a child inside each of us. Let them out, please.
What if we didn’t have rules? What if we could invent our future and our opportunities?
- Innovation and flexibility
I remind you of the child. As a child, we probably all were asked to draw something and color it. For most of us, one of those experiences was to draw a house. So, we drew a house, we added some grass and probably some flowers and then we added the sky. We probably included the sun. And if we colored the sun, purple, our teacher would say, oh, no, the sun is never purple. Well, what if the sun was purple. From an early age, we are taught to conform . . . to cease imagining what might be and only imagine what society and the rules say should be. So, if in your heart, your sun is purple, then color it purple!
It is a worldwide truth that relationships are built on connections. It is when we get outside of our silo or our sandbox and connect with others that we find like-minded people with other, perhaps weird ideas. Who knows, you may even find someone who believes the sun should be purple. People find partners when connections happen. Together they create hope. Sometimes it’s as simple as sharing a cup of coffee or a drink. Sometimes it occurs in a public restroom. (Not kidding; I recently got a new consulting client at a baseball game in a ladies room waiting line.) You never know where an opportunity for growth and change will occur.
And above all, give everyone time to connect with the change, and with each other.
A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the second in a series of articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Thank you, Ben Casnocha! Thank you, Millennials!
Is it implausible that I am studying the wisdom of an individual who was born in 1988? Given the similarities between my generation and the Millennial generation, it works. You see, Millennials want to change the world too. As a Baby Boomer and somewhat of an “earth momma” I knew I was changing the world but then, out of necessity to survive, I conformed. Like many of my Boomer peers, as I grew older, I recognized that success and happiness were synonymous for me. I came to understand that my success would be achieved if I returned to the authenticity I fought for in the earlier decades of life. One of the things I admire most about Millennials is they share the belief . . . no . . . the requirement of authenticity.
Millennials waver far less in their values than many in my generation. They are steadfast in their need to give back to the community, the family, and more. They are not settling.
I’m referring to Ben Casnocha. To my point, take a moment to review Casnocha’s blog, casnocha.com, or the book he co-authored with Chris Yeh, and Reid Hoffman, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.
The lack of an authentic relationship between employer and employee undermines the loyalty employers desire. Millennials are not just loyal because they should be. Their commitment is linked to their need to be a part of something that matters and mirror both values and purpose. They want to know that their professional development is taken seriously, including addressing their need to be mentored and coached. It is not uncommon that a Millennial will similarly require they be allowed to mentor and coach others. For them, 360-degree sustainability is a mandate. That includes their career, family, community . . . and so much more. Give them all of that, and the Millennial, who many employers believe, will never be loyal, will be by your side for a long time.
The loyalty of a Millennial must be earned. In a recent presentation at Professional Convention Management educational event, Casnocha shared,
We need to use a relationship framework where both sides can make promises to each otehr that they can actually keep.
Professional Convention Management Association, June 2016
Changes are rarely comfortable. Even if we know the change will increase our success, most of us get a little twitchy when placed outside of our comfort zone. Real change requires applying action to our wishes and creating measurable goals.
A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.
Hope is a key component of dreaming with a deadline.
We all need hope. It is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul. Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity. That’s what change is all about.
Achieving successful change requires authenticity. If you are not true to yourself, then you cannot possibly be true to anyone or anything else. Faking it doesn’t work. When you fake being good at or feeling something, your lack of authenticity is evident. And, your heart is not in it. Oh sure, you can take classes on doing that “something” well, but if it’s not naturally you, you will only get a little less bad at it, whatever it is. You can fake mediocrity but never success.
That’s why partnerships and collaboration are integral to most success stories. Putting others on your team to do the “something” you are not great at, is a big part of dreaming with a deadline. And always include HOPE!
A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the first in a series of five articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.