Empowerment

We’re living in tough times. The crisis is real. Maybe someone sees it darker than it actually is, but as a matter of fact many companies are facing difficulties and many people are struggling.

The bad news is that we don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s a new situation, anything could finish or change completely. Maybe the Maya (or those interpreting them) were right?

The good news is that there are no experts. The world is so different and the challenges so new that those with experience, at times, are disadvantaged. Most companies I know employ less creative people in executive positions. The board of directors is made up of people with tens of years of experience applying old solutions to new problems. In Spiral Dunamics we would say this can never work, as the great Einstein said “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them ”, we need to change.

I have the honour of working side by side with illuminated entrepreneurs and managers that challenge everything, even their own ideas, and this is why they innovate and they grow also and especially in times like these. Today, we need people that know not to know, that ask, watch and listen. People who know that ideas can come from anybody and anywhere.

Other entrepreneurs and managers that, instead of carrying out work, instead of answering questions, they ask them, They know you have been hired and they pay you to do something, and they want you to do it.

We should all take some more respons-ibility when looking for solutions. We should all support each other and work as a team. Empowerment shouldn’t be  something that comes solely from high above.

It shouldn’t be the boss to empower the colleague, it shouldn’t be the parent to empower the child. We should all do it to everyone, or better, everyone should do it for themselves. Whoever is on top should leave the ones below a little space to grow, and those down below should get going at it.

What do you do? Do you leave room for those who have to grow? Do you exploit what you have to grow yourself?

What could you do every day to improve these two aspects of your personal and professional life?

Remember that one small thing is enough to change everything. Today I let someone else tale a decision. It wasn’t easy to yield control, but it was very useful to me.

The result, of course, is extraordinary!

Have a good week.

Claudio

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