According to the 2012 released IBM survey, Leading Through Connections – Insights from the Global Chief Executives, the expanding connectivity of all aspects of business is changing how people engage – with each other, with customers, with suppliers and with their job functions. Is your mindset ready for the new and ongoing change?
One interesting insight was that although people speak about the ‘new normal’, one CEO said there is no new normal because change is happening so fast. Our natural human preference is for a comfort zone or a recognizable normal. Without one, this is impacting the stress levels and concerns of employees at all levels.
Rapid changes in technology is causing most of the changes and challenges. As interconnectivity and transparency of business increases, people are struggling to adapt.
The research presents three findings for navigating the changes:
- New strategies for collaborative cultures
- Engage the customer with relevance and immediacy
- Radical innovation through partnerships
For this blog, let’s look at collaboration. CEO’s have stated that “organizations must help employees develop traits to excel” in a collaborative environment. And 75% referred to this a critical trait. So the question then is how do you develop collaboration in a world that has taught, demonstrated and emphasized competition as the way to succeed?
I propose that there will be a lot of wasted training investments attempting to teach a collaboration skill set. Although there are some methods and approaches that can be implemented, it really is about mindset not only a skill set.
To achieve success with collaboration, individual beliefs that underlie the behaviors and actions must be changed at the subconscious level. By internalizing the new collaborative approach and ways of working together, shifts can occur much faster than using external training alone.
In this time of rapid changes, high-speed mindset change is required. To learn more, visit Robin Graham at InnerActiveMindset.com.