The Status Quo
In 2023, we are faced with challenges at every scale of human existence – from the loss of trust and purpose within organizations and institutions, to the suffocating paradigms of scarcity and competition that govern our civilizations.
The Global Challenge
Change, uncertainty, and volatility are the new normal. Rising inequality, geopolitical tensions, and ongoing technological disruption are but three of many contributing factors.
Aspects of our life such as our civic society, relationships, and the environment appear to be in increasing states of decay.
“Mechanical” ways of thinking that place profit, competition, and achievement above all are no longer sufficient to solve our problems, and may in fact be the primary cause of our current crises.
The Organizational Challenge
Generational shifts in attitudes toward work, hybrid work, and increased demand for talent means how we lead and build teams must evolve.
Traditionally led organizations that fail to prioritize the human element of business are at a disadvantage against those that do. The traditional mix of organizational politics, a competitive culture that suffocates authenticity, and top-down management practices that ignore the voices of employees produces the perfect result:
A less competitive organization that will increasingly struggle to meet shareholder, people, and societal obligations.
In this age, a lack of trust and purpose leads to worse business outcomes including lower retention, lower engagement (discretionary effort and innovation), and increased difficulty of change management programs.
The Individual Challenge
A sense of a lack of purpose and impact plagues individuals across industries, professions, and levels of seniority.
Identifying problems in systems and organizations that we engage with, but not knowing how to change, leads to a loss of trust and security.
Finding and connecting with like-minded people to lead transformations at both a small and large scale requires courage and expanded thinking – beyond the activity and operational level.
„Der Zweck der Wirtschaft geht jetzt über die Aktionäre hinaus. Wir brauchen ein neu erfundenes System, das sich auf Mitarbeitenden, Kund:innen, Gemeinschaften und den Planeten konzentriert.“
The time has come for a new form of leadership. The leaders who are able to, at any time of their choosing, create for themselves and others a coherent space for trust and purpose that others can align with and live for. Everything transactional is then built on this as its foundation.
The organizations that understand this new paradigm and build a culture of conscious leadership will be the beacons of innovation and impact.
And with them, society progresses as a whole.