The Requisite Agility conference is coming up and it is a chance for businesses to really use the COVID interruption for growth. To make a quantum jump to a more empathic and connected way of moving through the world. Meeting and greeting that challenge starts within, which is why personal reflection is the starting point for seeing the path forward.
Every time patterns get interrupted in life or at work it is an opening to rethink, refresh perspective and take risks that are much harder without an disruption. Who do you become out of a marital meltdown? Out of financial disaster? Whether you amplify your weaknesses or shift to a higher order of humanity is up to you. Collectively how this looks in the workplace is up to us.
We have places to look for examples. Companies that have reinvented themselves to be self-managed, or grounded in eco-systemic management principles have proven themselves to be COVID resilient. Manufacturer Matt Black Systems shows a 600% increase in productivity resulting from their fractal model of governance.
I suspect that, as a consequence of remote working and the collapse of certain sectors, that a new narrative, new version of the economy could emerge. My preference is obviously to see a version that follows eco-systemic principles to take a lesson from the principles that have guided planetary resilience until human intervention.
The Requisite Agility principles which underpin discussions June 18th to the 7th of July, 2020 are:
- A Trans-disciplinary Exploration vs Safety in Dogma
- Open, Adaptive Leadership vs. Safety in Authoritarianism
- Collaborative Intelligence vs Safety in Pre-defined Rules
- Continuous Learning and Evolution vs Safety in the Status Quo
- Mutual Ethical Accountability vs Safety in Self Interest
As you can tell by the wording, safety does not mark the growth edge. The true leaders’ challenge is to use the uncertainty we face, the gap between the past and the emerging future, to invent what we want to see in the world. There is no doubt that a restoration of humanity is in order.
The COVID crisis invites us to move past racism, to reconnect to all that supports life on this planet, to design human centered workplaces. To be more human.
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening the circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Who else? Einstein!