Building Leadership that Works

Are you comfortable?

Are you too comfortable?

As I commented on the previous blog, there are different levels of comfort and growth on the Growth Ring.  The Four levels are Stagnation, Chaos, Order and Complexity.  We will review each one over (2) blogs. A state of Stagnation is low performing and lacking growth as the person or organization are based on following too many structured steps, inflexible rules and repeating methods. Stagnation stifles creativity and change.  In a Stagnation state, creativity and change is normally viewed as negative and frowned upon.

Please understand that not all discomfort is good and too much discomfort can lead to Chaos.  Chaos is a state of total lack of control and predictability and limits growth at the highest levels. Having too much discomfort and lack of certainty limits growth as you are lacking a basis for reflection for growth.

Order is the state that leads to a predictable outcome and is usually comfortable and predictable.  A state of Order is where many people and organizations find themselves today, as they repeat the safe (in the short term) and predictable path.  Staying in a state of Order for too long will move you to Stagnation, as you lack continual and sustained growth. You must move beyond growth limiting order and add some uncertainty and complexity to move toward growth.   In today’s overview, we have covered the two most extreme levels of growth in Stagnation and Chaos, as well as the Order state.  The Order state is ok, if it is not continual and unchallenged.   Tomorrow we will cover the optimal state for continual and sustained growth.

This is Part 2 of 3.  Please review Part 1 and look for Part 3 in the coming day(s).

“You’ve got to find what you love.  Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

“If your actions create a LEGACY that INSPIRES others to DREAM more, LEARN more, DO more and BECOME more, then you are an EXCELLENT LEADER”

Dolly Parton

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this.  For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that setbacks and grieves we endure help us in our marching onward.”

Henry Ford

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to be EXTRAORDINARY.”

Elon Musk

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your might acts.”

Psalm 145:4

“When you plant a Chinese bamboo tree, you will water the ground for 4 years but nothing will happen until the 5th year when the plant will grow 90 feet in 5 weeks… PATIENCE PAYS OFF”