97% of Australians, it is said, are walking around in a state of quiet desperation. Whenever I say that in the talks I give to companies it still gives me goosebumps. We are rich, abundant in health, wealth and opportunities – more so than ever before…so what is driving this?
One of the things I am into in a big way is helping leaders to create workplaces where people can shine, contribute, find out what they are made of and be a part of something that makes a difference.
I am into killing the beige.
Because I believe this is what is making us depressed.
I love the quote “the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality” from Andrew Solomon. Because time and time again it shows up to be true.
How often do we get home from work on a Friday night, sink into the sofa with a large glass of something cold and numbing, and think “Blimey, what did I actually achieve this week?”
I have many many conversations with people who are in this state.
- They may be people who work in your team
- Your friends
- Your family even.
People with massive brains, certificates aplenty, families, mortgages, and friends and yet they are stuck.
The benchmark of great leadership is this: no-one in your team feels like this.
And this is how to make sure they aren’t.
We need to disrupt the beige.
We need to give people stories that they can tell their families, friends, clients
and themselves about how the stuff they do is EXCITING, FAB, MAKING A
DIFFERENCE, REALLY COOL.
Because when we have done that – and here’s the punchline for the business –
we attract like-minded people who want to come and work with us, who GET the
story, who are into what we do and the way we do it; and once we’ve done that,
guess what we attract like minded clients, who also dig the story get it, want to
work with the like-minded people we have employed.
And that’s when it gets really exciting.
So ask yourself these 3 questions:
- What are the meta-trends in my space?
- What is the norm?
- What is everyone else doing? (and then DON’T do that).
Attract people who have a clue
So for example, HR was the meta-trend, which was disrupted by People and Culture Managers – what’s next? What’s the disruption? If you are a team leader – you can do this for with team… and start attracting the right people – people who have a clue and give a crap….