Recently there was a special issue of the Harvard Business review called “Leadership in the New World”. I love the name of this issue because it explicitly implies that what we new in the “Old” world won’t work in the future. This is a mantra we have been yelling to anyone who will listen. The habits that you’ve used to be successful in the past won’t be enough to insure you success in the future.
In Scott’s last blog he talked about the Crisis at the End of the Tunnel and there was an article in this issue of HBR that underlined this crisis. Clearly no one is writing that things will return to normal after the economy recovers (if there is such a thing). There will be tighter controls of expenditures, tighter budgets, more tight deadlines, and of course tough competition and the uncertainty it brings will be the norm. What’s scary is that the normal rhetoric that is usually spewed during these market dips is silent. People aren’t saying the usual, “I’ve seen this all before and it always bounces back and it’s always business as usual before you know it.” Why the silence?
The reason is because this isn’t the usual dip it’s a serious recession like no other. But one thing hasn’t changed. Many leaders are still acting like it’s just another little market set back. They are burning the candle at both ends and they are using the same self-defeating habits that they learned when they were young, infallible, and resilient. The problem is, they need to learn new high performance habits if they are ever going to succeed in the “New World”.
The New World will require energized, responsive, agile, creative, and attentive leaders. It will require that they can energize and inspire others so they can meet their customer’s desires and stay 2 steps ahead of the growing and gaining competition. This will require new personal habits to increase their energy, resilience, brain performance, and capacity. This will be the foundation of them becoming Sustainable High Performers.
The problem is that everyone has a lucky day once in a while. A day where they are really on their game and they perform well. The question is: Can you bring your best to everyday and to everything you do? This requires designing your habits so that nothing is left to chance. This requires a choice to be a Sustainable High Performer and the actions to make it happen.
Unfortunately, from our view there aren’t many leaders who are ready for this New World. This could be the New Crisis. Are you ready?
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder