Join the Movement

7 July 2016

One of my favourite TED Talks is Derek Sivers’– How to Start a Movement.  It is a great resource that is often used in leadership development programs to start a great conversation around the role of the leader.

At Change2020 we sometimes start “dancing by ourselves” particularly when we commence partnering with businesses to transform and transition. This soon changes as the “first follower” joins the dance and then the second until the movement has started.   We love this element of our work.

Recently we started a business changing movement – and while there was limited dancing – we officially began the movement for leaders (and subsequently organisations) to Embrace ambiguity. (Change2020’s vision)

Joining the movement to – Embrace ambiguity. –  will result in leaders remaining relevant.  The skills that leaders have are excellent and will continue to remain relevant but this will not be enough in a world where change is the way of life.  Embracing ambiguity will also enable opportunities to be seized, complex problems to be solved, creativity to be released and stress levels to decrease.

BUT, how do leaders Embrace ambiguity?

Leaders will need to do things differently. We have developed 9 habits that will assist leaders to Embrace ambiguity:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Take the reins
  3. Focus on what matters
  4. Rewire expectations
  5. Hatch butterfly moments
  6. Open the floodgates
  7. Challenge idea killers
  8. Be courageous
  9. Let go and move on

This movement is not going to happen overnight and it is going to be challenging for leaders to “flip” the way many currently operate.  It will require focus and support from colleagues and friends.

A starting point for embracing ambiguity is working out your tolerance of ambiguity – low, moderate or high.  Change2020 has designed a survey to assess your tolerance of ambiguity.

To be part of the movement, take our survey by clicking here and we will provide you with your tolerance of ambiguity score and some tips on how to join the movement to Embrace ambiguity.

Be a first follower and join the movement…..

Kerryn Fewster

Kerryn is the Founder and Director of Change 2020. She has consulted extensively in the area of Transition and Transformation. She places emphasis on strategy development and solution implementation to minimise people and operational impacts associated with major change.

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