Our current global crisis is not just something for leaders to “get through” for a few days or weeks. Instead, we need to treat COVID-19 as an economic and cultural — a once-in-a-lifetime — change that is likely to affect our lives and organizations for years. We’re NOT going back to normal!
The priority of leaders must be to set aside confidence in their current mode of operation as quickly as possible, and write a new one that honors their purpose and the communities they serve, while making the most of their organization’s most important asset — their people. In fact, during this challenging time, the creative potential to use purpose and hope is unparalleled, so now is the time to consider seeing your organization as a brand new start up and experience the miraculous through human ingenuity!
If you’re a leader in an organization, it is time to rewrite your purpose, that summarizes who you are, whom you serve, why you serve them, and what you do and how you do it. For most organizations — businesses, nonprofits, and even churches — this is a time to urgently redesign our work in light of what we believe is not just a short term crisis, but a long term opportunity to address many assumptions and approaches that ultimately must change for good.
As a leader, it’s also a great opportunity to look at your personal “why” and make sure all the components of your life are aligned and lived in balance. What a great way to lead by example and take the same understanding to your organization! Ultimately, at Inzet, we want to encourage you to live lives that are driven by COURAGE, COMPASSION and COMMITMENT and when you apply these elements to your organization, you will rewrite YOUR story with passion and purpose and have a greater impact on those you serve!