I'm seeing a convergence of trends - are you?

Recently I've noticed a  couple of trends seem to be coming together:

  • Getting a good return on (financial) investment isn't good enough anymore
  • Technology that doesn't bring out the best in us as people (or causes us to conform to it vs. having it conform to us) isn't good enough anymore
  • Organizations that treat people like mere pleasure-seeking, pain-avoiding drones are barely succeeding, and the people in them are actively looking for something else

There are other related trends that I'm sensing but can't quite articulate - yet. It's like the old, restrictive, keep-you-in-your-place rules are beginning to get some pretty deep cracks in them, and whoever has been patching the cracks is no longer able to keep up with them.

For instance, in today's extremely challenging environment, common wisdom would hold that people would isolate themselves, feel that they needed to become survivalists, become even more greedy and self-centered. Yet people are giving more of their time and effort to help others. Neighbors are helping and connecting with each other more than ever before.

Implications for business - and your organization

I used to think that good organizations create an environment where people could bring their physical, emotional, and spiritual gifts to share for everyone's benefit.

Now I am starting to see organizations must invite people to tap into their gifts not just on the surface but deep down.

Without the full commitment and the gifts of all, organizations are choosing to be also-rans and yesterday's news.

Chris Hutchinson, CEO

Chris Hutchinson, CEO

It's just a matter of time.


Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.