In the most recent edition of Wired Daniel Roth wrote this great piece: Back to the Garage: How Economic Turmoil Breeds Innovation.
In one of my favorite parts, he says:
“With the world’s economies apparently snowballing into a deep recession, it feels uncomfortably Pollyannish to see signs of hope. But for the bravest inventors and entrepreneurs, conditions are ideal to pounce on a business opportunity.”
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t felt much like pouncing lately. And I actually work in a place that thrives on and encourages creativity and boldness.
Even so, with all the talk about the economy and how ‘horrible’ things are right now, it’s been a bit daunting to get excited about leading any new initiatives.
Roth’s article is a great reminder that I need to stop listening to the news and start finding ways to make my own positive headlines.
Yes, we are living in challenging times. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop leading or learning or trying new things.
On the contrary.
Challenging times require innovative leadership.
Challenging times require strategic leadership.
Challenging times require brave leadership.
Not only to work through the challenges, but because people with vision and good ideas and boldness are not all that easy to find during uncertain times (then again, they’re not all that easy to find in normal circumstances either – but that’s probably a different blog post).
What are you doing to encourage innovation in your office? in your home? in your life?
What are you doing to nurture your strategic thinkers who are looking for ways to thrive instead of hide during these challenging times?
What coaching and mentoring programs could you develop (or find) to help your team, or your colleagues, or yourself, find new ways to thrive right now?
Roth says it way better than I can:
“This doesn’t mean that big new ideas emerge because of turmoilin fact, the data shows no relationship between major breakthroughs and economic conditions. But the benefit of a global money drought is that competition tends to vaporize. And for some, the stress of tough times has an amazing way of concentrating the mind on the way forward.”
So, my last question:
Will you be vaporized with the competition or will you find laser focus on “the way forward”?