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.
It's just a matter of time.