I Need Change, Do You?


When I look around right now, when I talk to clients, when I read the newspaper, I see this gnarly blend of creation and frustration.

If necessity is the mother of invention then I truly hope we are poised to see new ideas and innovation we never dreamed possible. We truly need it!

We need to change how our police forces (and the justice system work) – the fixes we’ve had so far are more stopgap measures than the necessary reimagining the system.

We need to change how we educate our children – it’s not sustainable that in a public health crisis some kids continue to learn while others are practically lost from the system.

We need to change the way we work – in person AND virtually.

There is a lot of fear, stress, and resentment in our current systems. Some of them might feel much larger than you and beyond your control.

So just start where you are.

What’s happening in your work system?

How are you stopping to listen and really notice any undercurrents? When are you setting aside time to make your work systems better – for you, for others? (If it’s helpful I recorded this very short video recently on doing quick and effective postmortems with your team(s). That’s always a good step and place to start.)

What about your home life?

School’s out, (or almost out), for most kids across the country with very few camps to be had. How will this affect your current systems? How will it affect others on your team?

I think more than ever now – we need to create the time (you’ll never “find” it) to re-envision your roadmap. For many of us the plans we had are no longer viable. We need to step back and reimagine what we can create right now, and then build the framework, processes and people to make it a reality.

To throw out your outdated plans and begin anew… that’s both heart-wrenching and amazing work. What would you need to do to show up this way?

Is there any way I can help Sharon? Please let me know in the comments below if there’s any way I can be of service to you!

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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