The 21st Century has changed work, and it is still evolving. While it was not sudden, it feels sudden. Most of us are caught in the whirl – a whirl of excitement, a whirl of confusion, and the swirling busyness that is an incessant distraction to what is most important. Whether or not one currently understands the course of personal change in order to move forward, it seems clear that change is the new norm.
Many organizations have responded to the speed of 21st Century change by inadvertently destroying trust within the walls. This erosion of trust has formed furrows fit only for the growth of negativity and fear. As these weeds take over, the rewards of contribution diminish as individual confidence fails to ripen and eventually begins to die on the vine.
This is a tragedy that does not have to be. As one tries to correct this, it is a waste of precious, personal energy to blame. Regardless of the situation, we are accountable for our own confidence: True confidence is found in one’s authenticity. You do not defend your confidence by reacting defensively. You defend your right to confidence by taking personal accountability to be proactive in alignment with your own legitimacy.
In the whirl of this 21st Century, we need you to be you; the best you – the most confident you – that you can be.