Are you in ''the zone''?
Graham Stickland article about being in the zone - being focused, connected and engaged in your role....
Published on: 16th March 2015
9th April 2015
Most of us know that before you can successfully change anything, you need to understand what, exactly, are the problems that need addressing. Nevertheless, it still seems such a challenge for senior leaders in many organisations to get to grips with the real issues that are blocking organisational performance.
Being willing and able to define the current reality for their organisations would seem to be a pre-requisite for any successful leader. In some recent work with senior leaders, however, it has been revealing to see how deeply they are caught in the problem to solution trap. They seem addicted to the knee-jerk responses that prevent any understanding of the true nature of what is going on and which frequently make things worse.
Why is it so difficult for senior leaders to acknowledge and define reality?
After all it is often obvious to others struggling with trying to make work an outdated business model or respond effectively to inappropriate priorities. When this myopic behaviour is ingrained in an organisation’s culture the consequences are that business threats are progressively ignored or played down, bad news is suppressed, poor performance is excused and, more importantly, actions to address issues are poorly thought through or just wrong.
The twin obsessions of speed and activity exert pressure on executives to be seen to be doing something. In our digital world with 24/7 availability, time to analyse and think is becoming increasingly under-valued and as a consequence under-utilised.
I have noticed four key reasons why executives and executive teams struggle in this area:
Fundamental to overcoming these hang-ups are two things: