Does this sounds familiar?
For years, I have wondered why goal setting workshops didn't work for me. I had this dreamy vision of my productive, organized, high-achieving self, I had the ambition and East German discipline to get there. Plus I LOVE a good plan! Bonus points for check-off-able tasks and milestones.
And yet, once the initial excitement wore off, I would fall off the wagon. I was entirely focused on the end-result - that dreamy vision of an ambitious goal achieved - but there always seemed to be something that got in the way. An unforeseen obstacle (does anyone ever foresee them, other than my husband?) or a delay would derail the entire operation and I would end up frustrated. My carefully laid plans in shambles, and me - fed up with the futility of goal setting. My approach of picking a goal and reverse engineering a plan to get there didn't work.
In season 2 of Ecosystems for Change, I finally understood why. Life is not command-and-control; it constantly emerges. And changes. And evolves. And throws a stick in the wheel. I've realized that if I want to plan ANYTHING, my plan needs to allow for changes, a shift in priorities and - most importantly - the fact that my goals seem to shift, too! In brief:
1) Emergence makes me deeply uncomfortable.
2) I need a way to set goals and stay on track that doesn't focus on the end goal(s) but anchors me in the present.
That's why I was SO excited to hear that one of my favorite podcasters Tara McMullin - who's one of the brains behind my show - is finally publishing a book that sounds right up my alley! I've used Tara's Commitment Blueprint and have religiously listened to her show What Works.
|What Works: A comprehensive framework|
Embracing emergence and constant change
I'm so excited to wrap up season 2 and share some of key insights in both essay form and on the show:
I have a long list of resources and opportunities on my radar that I think you would love! Check out the highlights here:
- FLUX: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change, April Rinne
- Indigenomics by Carol Anne Hilton
- The Culture Map: Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business by Erin Meyer
- Belonging. The Structure of Belonging. Peter Block.
- The Dawn of System Leadership, Senge et al.
Job Opportunities: A bunch of my friends are hiring and I wonder whether we have the right people in this network to fill some important vacancies:
- Zebras Unite are looking for a managing director of their nonprofit arm. Applications are due by May 13!
- The good people at Yunus Social Business are looking for a brand and marketing manager based in Europe.
|Ecosystems for Change|
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