Humans are pretty cool. Complex but cool. If I said: Envision yourself on a beach on a bright sunny day with a breeze and salty air. Most of us that have been on the beach on a sunny day, with a breeze in the salty air, can pin almost every one of our senses.
You can feel it. The sun on your skin. You could smell it with a tang of fishy salt water. You could taste the salt and you could see and hear the waves.
Now, I’m not a psychologist, but I find that to be so fascinating.
At the same time when I meet with our clients, they admit their chaos – no structure, poorly organized systems, and sporadic salaries and titles everywhere.
We work through an envisioning exercise like the one I just mentioned.
I end up saying:
Tell me what the structure will do for you.
How will your leaders use it?
What challenges will this erase for you?
And it’s so cool that these HR leaders and their peers do what I think only humans can do:
They see the future.
As they answer my questions, they know what is possible and can see the future in detail.
And then me and my team, with our happy pens, we write down what they said, and then we are chartered to build it.
It is incredible if you think about it – people, I think humans, are probably the only ones that can see and shape the future. To get there, and I truly believe this. We are all equipped to get there.
My dad, as I remember his words, used to say: Whatever the mind can conceive, it can happen. It just takes engineering. I’ll add to that a bit. I think it also takes history, skill and will. I think everybody can make things happen. We all can.