In 2009, I decided that working corporate America was no longer going to work for me. I had seen enough.
Even though I was working in a prestigious US corporation with a great reputation and a grand purpose, I quit. I didn’t know what was next.
I was no longer willing to tolerate the politics, fear, and inauthenticity that oftentimes pervades and rules the day. Not only in this organization but in so many others as well.
While this organization performed great work and was filled with great people, and I generally enjoyed working there, there was a persistent dark side that tugged at my soul.
It was a nagging and sometimes piercing thorn in my heart that dampened my enthusiasm and love for my work. It many times left me feeling empty at the end of the day.
Yes, many of us have gotten used to this type of workplace environment and press on.
After all, we have bills to pay and families to support.
Well, yes, that’s important. But we don’t have to continue like this. We’re giving up a lot more than we think we are ⏤ or at least more than we’re willing to admit.
I saw it in the eyes of my coworkers when we’d meet for lunch and the conversation would turn to the distasteful things that we’re going on.
I’d experience it myself when my enthusiasm for a new job would fade when the masks were taken off.
It’s no surprise to me that employee engagement remains at shockingly low levels year after year even in the face of enormous investments in leadership and engagement.
So many of us are harboring a deep desire to change things. Do things differently because we know we can all be and do so much more.
We can and should aspire to reach a better place to create a better future.
Question and Intention
“How can we create a workplace where every voice matters, everyone thrives and finds meaning, and change and innovation happen naturally?”
This question and intention are at the heart of the Exploring Forward Thinking Workplace conversations and interview series.
Almost exactly one-year ago, I was starting to see something new emerge after asking over 40 top leaders this question.
After several attempts at getting it down, I wasn’t happy with the results. It didn’t feel right, and I was stuck. I started looking for help.
Fortunately, I discovered the work of Tamsen Webster, Keynote Speaker and Message Strategist, who wrote an inspiring article on how to craft a strategic speaking proposal. Using her article as a guide, everything just fell into place and resulted in the Forward-Thinking Workplace Guide.
As luck would have it, shortly thereafter an opportunity arrived to publish an article in the Cutter Business Technology Journal. The Forward-Thinking Workplace Guide became the blueprint for the proposal and the article.
The Forward-Thinking Workplace was published as the leading article in the December 2017 issue of the Cutter Business Technology Journal.
I believe, and as do many others do too who follow our work closely, that the interviews and what we’re uncovering offer a striking new way forward that leads us to the forward-thinking human and workplace.
I have become the fortunate facilitator, recipient and curator of a remarkable body of new insights, strategies, and wisdom that I believe opens up a new way for us to come together to create a better future that works for everyone.
Over 60 top leaders have now passionately engaged with us in this interview series offering up their best experience, knowledge, and intuition. And most importantly, believe that our intention is possible and within our reach.
There are many contributors with numerous perspectives that are coming together to make this all possible. It’s how we all work together to make the forward thinking workplace and a better future a reality.
What has been your experience with intention? For me, it has been far more powerful than setting goals.
Thank you to all who contribute to and support my work.
To your great work life & success!