Courage for change
The focus on short-term results, coupled with economic pressure and various fears, can lead to irrational behavior. Decisions based on your own values become impossible. Meaningful goals – in economic or idealistic terms – fall victim to everyday pressures. Self-determined action seems to be denied – because the urge of short-term outcomes leaves no room for strategic action. However, one thing is clear to you: Something has to change.
Actually, you are aware that setting goals only causes behavior that conforms to the goals. But an underlying fear of losing control in a tough competitive environment, the drive for profitability and the pressure to meet comprehensive expectations mean that you always work through issues as they arise. Relatively unnoticed, these tight structures prevent any form of development, progress and dialog. Internal value creation – especially through people who think and exchange ideas – cannot establish itself in this way. Employees have long become accustomed to this style of working – innovation, team spirit and community seem to have been completely lost.
What now? Involving all those involved in the development of a company is just as difficult to achieve as a meaningful team environment, where one’s own activities are perceived as an important component. But it is specifically this healthy team environment that fosters innovation and increases the willingness of everyone to change. If respect and appreciation are the result of the current leadership culture, other success factors will follow naturally: The similarity of your own values with the developed optimal orientation variables of the company promotes the desire for performance. Through this desire, your own actions lead to an outstanding approach far beyond the operational outcomes.
The will to change
If you feel an emotional imbalance in yourself or if your value system seems to be under attack, the foundation for working on yourself has been laid. You can recognize this by the following characteristics:
➞ Economic pressure restricts you immensely in the way you work. You make decisions on an ad hoc basis; they do not follow any strategic goals.
➞ Leadership tasks overwhelm you and you find it difficult to admit to this.
➞ Your current lifestyle no longer matches your values.