Many jobs today are not linked to physical work. Lives based on a sunup to sundown schedule on the farm or on the endless assembly line have faded. The western world has become a society of thinkers. The currency of knowledge and expertise have replaced elbow grease as the means to an economic end. These seismic shifts would lead one to believe that thinking is now more important than ever; but that is only partly true.
I try to be creative in my work, although I’ll admit that the ideas I “come up with” are often strategies that other non-health care companies have implemented. It’s hard to find examples in my industry of creative solutions to HR problems. I’m not being critical, just stating what I see through my lens.
Inherent in my world view is that it is limited to just that….my view. What I think, work on, and discuss with my team is based on how I see things around me. My thoughts are based on what is filtered through my personal lens.
The same thing happens to you. Sure, we try to step back and see the big picture, but we all have our own built in biases that cloud our thinking. The impact shapes how we think about the issues going on in our organizations, and what we think we should do about them.
Plenty of thinking…stemming from our own biases. Hmm.
Lots of Lenses
The opportunity before us is to challenge ourselves as leaders in a new way. For example, the next time you have a vacancy on your team are you willing to hire someone from outside your industry?
Having a fresh perspective that challenges the status quo (read here –> what you’ve allowed to be the norm) could transform your team’s impact. But, you have to be willing to make a move of that magnitude.
How About You
Making bold moves that not only challenge ourselves, but push our whole team to a new level is not for the faint of heart. The risks can be high…which is also why the rewards are as well. In the end, it’s not what we think that is important.
Jay Kuhns is a human resources executive, leadership coach, speaker, consultant and is the author of Unstoppable Power, Leverage Energy, Risk and Relationships and Advance Your Leadership Career. He is a “Type A” leader who understands that human resources leadership is about high energy, creativity, strong personal connections and making changes that push organizations forward.