Are you wondering when we’ll get to the new normal? In Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0, Jim Collins writes that “uncertainty is chronic, instability is permanent, disruption is common, and we can neither predict nor govern events. There will be no ‘new normal’; there will only be a continuous series of ‘not- normal’ episodes that defy prediction and are unforeseen by most of us until they happen.” Simon Sinek explained on Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast, “If you have a finite mindset that thought scares you, and if you have an infinite mindset you smile and think, “Ooh, that’s fun.” Sinek pointed out that an infinite mindset empowers us to find opportunity in surprise.
Do You Like Surprises?
I’ve had countless coaching conversations in the past year with people who are really sick of surprises. I am too! Although it’s hard to envision opportunity when I’m in survival mode, I can appreciate that embracing an infinite mindset will help me adapt and thrive. When I saw Ford Motor Company’s announcement that 30,000 employees in North America will have personalized work schedules that include face-to-face interactions in the office and independent work at home, I recognized this as an example of applying an infinite mindset to the long-standing issue of work/life balance.
The Future is Fluid
How will your team work together in the future? Nikki Morgan, EVP of TDIndustries, a construction and facilities services company, sees a common theme emerging: much more flexibility regarding where you work, but in-person collaboration will be essential. Nikki said, “More investment will be made in technology to enable remote workers to interact easily with onsite or other remote employees. Offices will be de-densified to allow for more distance between people and much more collaborative spaces. Some are looking for more real estate, while others are looking to reduce. Although my company will probably never be back to 100% onsite, we are committed to providing safe environments for collaboration. We have a people-centered culture built on strong relationships between employees, so we will have to work harder to ensure we still have face-to-face opportunities to build those relationships.”
Simon Sinek believes that “leaders who embrace an infinite mindset…build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, those who adopt an infinite mindset are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future.” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be one of them!