Why do we struggle so much to change? And with change?
Because we are living in this VUCA world — volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous. We are unmoored from so much that was familiar, and comfortable. And we know, deep down (and we may be in denial about this), that the change is permanent — what got us here, won’t get us there. What we’ve leaned on, what has worked for us, somehow no longer resonates, or feels like enough. It’s time for wholesale change, and it starts with each of us.
We have been shown over and over — especially these past few years — that there is so much we haven’t known or explored, or prioritized — in terms of our own lived experiences and those of others. We’ve been shown that the workplace, like so many of our other systems, was never built by and for so many of us on the margins. This has caused widespread trauma, and loss of human potential. We could never, and cannot now, let this continue. And we all have a once in a lifetime opportunity to address it, and change it for good.
This means moving forward without answers, painstakingly and with great care writing a new script everyday. We must become students again, humbling ourselves to the pace and complexity of change, acknowledging the overwhelm of it, and talk about our journey, lead from that place — with empathy, grace, kindness, and openness. This is what will resonate. We have what we need, if we pull from these sources.
The one thing I know about this audience is that we want to evolve, and accelerate - we want to transform, and enable the transformation of others. We want and need our systems — organizations, communities, families — to transform too, and we believe we can be agents of change — which is not just about the skills, but the will to do so. Hence, the “will to change”.
Let’s accelerate our evolution together.
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