Finding new sources of inspiration

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Having centred ourselves and made clear sense of the situation, the third step of Inner Leadership is to identify the alternative ways forward.

We could do this by looking for strategic and operational alternatives. But in a time of change, there are two reasons why it makes more sense to look instead for the inspiration that lies at the very heart of inner leadership.

The first reason is that in this time of change all ways forward are likely to be difficult. This means it makes sense to look for what will bring the greatest levels enthusiasm and excitement for delivering implementation: in our customers, investors, employees, and in ourselves.

The second reason is that we did not invent the lightbulb by looking for better ways of making candles. In a time of change the obvious ways forward that used to work in the past may no longer be the best and new opportunities will be emerging all the time. It makes sense to look for those emerging opportunities.

This third step of Inner Leadership, then, is about innovation and ideation. It is about shifting our focus from “How shall we respond?” to the more proactive and enjoyable, “What do we most want to create?” What ways forward will most inspire and emotionally engage people to want to make them happen?

We achieve this not by strategising more deeply about the way the world used to work but by finding new inspiration for the way the world could be.

What inspires you most about what you are working on today?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building emotional engagement and inspiration in a time of change.

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