What We Want to Become
Ask yourself, “What is it that keeps me awake at night?”
—Peter Schwartz (1995)
“We need to change,” the boss exhorts. “We need to do things differently. What we're doing isn't working. We need to get off the dime.”
The boss might be right. However, this type of frontal command probably leads to more defensiveness than enthusiasm. The reactions might go something like this: “Change? Are you telling me I haven't been doing a good job? How will this affect what I do? What kind of change are you talking about?”
Creating a future should be an exciting process that brings people together in common purpose. Whose future will it be? Your future? My future? Or will it be our future? Getting together to identify the characteristics of the school system, university, business, community, country, or world we want to become can create a situation that replaces defensiveness with enthusiasm and a sense of ownership.