Transforming Our World
What we have in common is a desire for a better world, where every human has the same worth, where we exist in harmony with nature, and we live together as one global community.
Welcome. As the founder of Mindshift Consulting, I believe most people around the world share these beliefs. Unfortunately, we're a long way from this reality. To bring about real change, we must see ourselves and our responsibilities in the world differently.
Our expertise is transformation, helping leaders transform themselves and their organizations. We offer personal and professional development, as well as design. Together we explore what is possible, develop capability, and meet the future head on. At this historic time, leaders face change from every direction. The solution is oddly simple: Embrace change and tap into its power.
Our perspective aligns with companies like Patagonia, whose founder recently said, "If we have any hope of a thriving planet—much less a business—it is going to take all of us doing what we can with the resources we have." We believe organizational survival going forward will require operating more sustainably.
Those who adapt quickly will thrive, while those who wait may not survive. Stakeholder mindsets are changing. Social consciousness is growing. Acting in harmony with nature is the new norm. "Nature must be our primary shareholder going forward," said Patgonia founder Yvon Chouinard. As resources around the world deplete and population grows, we need to make some difficult decisions.
No business will survive if we fail to work in harmony with nature and protect her resources. We all need to view organizations through a different lense. This will require everyone's participation, particularly in organizations, where most change occurs.
Streams offer a powerful metaphor to help us understand how organizations might thrive as purpose-driven communities. Streams focus on one objective—to flow and continually reconnect with home, their true nature, the ocean. They have amazing agility, able to work around obstacles and find ways to stay on path, over and over. Streams use a simple strategy employed by nature everywhere—the path of least resistance is the simplest solution to keep on path, to flow.
Organizations play a vital role in our society and in our world. Most positive change in our world occurs within organizations. Today we see the nature of organizations changing. Where people work, how they work, and how they feel about the organizations they work for, is changing. Social consciousness is growing and this is a positive sign. Leaders today need to align their organizations with the planet's needs, rather than simply focusing on financial shareholders and profits.
While both are possible, it is clear that improving our relationship with nature is a priority. Climate change alone is disrupting business at levels never seen before, from supply chains and airline schedules to pollution and new viruses. With the rise in social consciousness, leaders will either adjust to the culture shift in progress, or lose their best people. Survival going forward will depend on the ability of nations and organizations to create a sustainable future, operating in harmony with nature. The change before us is unprecedented and will require all of us to rethink how we do everything.
Part of this transformation is a shift in how we design organizations, as communities where people feel safe to be themselves and work together, where people can achieve something meaningful based on shared values. People no longer accept work as some place where they have to compromise their personal growth and development, nor should they.
Bringing about such transformation will require a new level of attention to the external environment and to organizational culture. Such change will require a commitment to deeping self awareness—who we are and our connection to everything around us. We see this happening at companies like Apple and Patagonia, for example, where supply chains and operations are going green, where there are spaces for meditation and mindfulness practice to develop one's self awareness, and where learning is a priority. Change is underway, but we must accelerate the pace.
Organizations continue to face unrelenting waves of change. The amount and compexity has increased. For too many clients, change efforts fail to deliver, and for many reasons. A survey of CEOs regarding business transformation found that nearly 70 percent of organizational change initiatives fail to return expected results (Barriers to Success, © EquaTerra 2007). While this data is dated, my guess is that things are worse today. But why?
When organizations change structurally, humans must transition psychologically. We know that people prefer the comfort of stability and that our first reaction to change is often to resist. Resistance to change may be futile, but it is also human nature. The amount of change we ask people to go through is often unreasonable. Leaders in large organizations face significant complexity, and struggle to understand the amount of change their people are going through. Through all the busyness, leaders often find themselves reacting to change rather than driving change proactively.
The most debilitating driver of failed change initiatives is loss of perspective. Many leaders today simply do not have the clarity required to see what must be done and how best to do it. They are overwhelmed and have not takent the time to debrief, reflect, and renew. Therefore, they have lost perspective.
Leading in today’s environment requires a continual renewal of vision, strategy, and culture. It requires quick but sound decisions within a state of rapid change and growing complexity. Adapting to change is more difficult than ever. Any leader for the past decade can talk about the business impact of Covid, climate change, and enterprise systems, just to name a few of the drivers that leaders deal with daily.
In the midst of the busyness of organizational life, leaders must also find the time for personal and professional development, time to restore perspective, time to reflect and renew. Here at Mindshift, we understand you need such time and we are here to help.
Navigating the road of success in business is not for the light hearted. Mindshift Consulting is here to help you with whatever your needs are today, from coaching and team building to the organization as a whole. Mindshift Consulting has the knowledge, experience, and people to help you design and execute successful change. Our experienced organizational psychologists and consultants will work with you to improve as a person and as a leader, and to improve your organization.