We will be hosting a live 30-minute conversation on this topic on April 30, 2020. You can register for that conversation as well as all of our upcoming webinars on our Community Gatherings page.
Wonder is the fifth leadership promise in The Vitality Imperative and a particularly relevant principle to explore given the challenges we face today. When we allow ourselves curiosity and possibility in the face of a problem, we free ourselves from imaginary limits and inspire fresh thinking. In this video, Conversant colleagues Gretchen Gagel, Mickey Connolly and Kell Delaney share what they believe is most valuable about encouraging Wonder in our personal lives and our communities.
As humans we all have a paradigm about the way the world works and how we operate within it, so when circumstances change and our paradigm shifts, we often encounter resistance and uncertainty. Clinging to the way things used to be will keep us from successfully moving into our next phase together. Wonder allows us to envision a future that excites us and gives us new energy. It gives us a place to stand and have control, easing stress and offering us a sense of agency. If leaders enable and encourage innovative, out-of-the-box thinking their communities can design the path forward in new and creative ways.
To foster Wonder in our organizations, we need to create cultures of psychological safety where people feel safe to speak up and share their wild ideas. When people feel empowered to offer their perspectives, we have access to a whole range of diverse and inventive thinking that a leader could never have come up with on their own. We are smarter together than we are separately, and when we can all wonder out loud as a community, we unleash our collective brilliance.
Humans focus their energy in two ways: problem solving and wonder, or creation. If you think of a sailboat in a harbor, pulling up the anchor is like solving a problem. We’ve taken care of the obstacle and are free to move past it. But where are we going? Wonder sets our sights on the horizon and gives us energy and excitement about where we want to go. Both are valuable at different times, but without Wonder we’re just floating un-anchored in the harbor.
To find more of our insights and tools on Wonder, you can explore the Wonder section of The Vitality Imperative and it’s online resources. We will continue to explore this topic and many others related to how we stay connected and keep creating value in challenging circumstances, so stay tuned for future episodes of The Connection Diaries.
If you and your community have been having inspiring conversations and ideas about how to navigate the COVID-19 reality, we would love to hear about them! Please comment below or connect with us on LinkedIn. Let’s unleash our collective brilliance.