Individualism – A New Era for Self Management in Business.

J.Walter Thompson just released a significant and expensive report on the “Single Age” in which they link individualism, with a massive trend for people to remain single for life. They write:

“Individualism is on the rise, bringing with it a new set of values. In an age defined less and less by traditionalism and more by self-expression, independence and authenticity, singledom is a natural evolution alongside job hopping, coliving, sexual openness, digital connection and a nomadic workforce. The Single Age explores the shifting habits and expectations of this growing global and multi-generational cohort; the cultural groundswell reframing single people as they really are—confident, fulfilled and empowered; and the implications for brands and marketers.

J Walter Thompson

How Will this Impact You?

More of your team at work, potentially your children, and friends are going in the direction of individualism. Self expression, independence, and authenticity are going to be valued more and more. This will have significant impact on your business career:

  • People will not tolerate leadership that stifles contradictions in opinions. You are going to have to deal with more creativity, diversity of opinion in the “best way to go” in most areas of life.
  • You’re going to have a significant increase in errors in your process as individuals strive for independence they will be wanting to learn for themselves and hence by experience.
  • Fake will not cut it. Good hearted, well balanced and respectfully mannered people will rise to the top while the arrogant and bullish old style of rude and crude, but we make it happen, will be “a part of history” the “dinosaurs of business” will be left in the past.

What does this mean for your personal development?

  • Your understanding of human nature must stretch beyond the dinosaur models of “Maslow, Personality tests, Age categorised behaviour models (millennials) etc. It will be too complex to define individuals by any such antique approach to human development and work performance. A more holistic approach to human nature is needed that cuts across age, gender, era, style … in order to embrace the individualism that all teams will experience.
  • You will need to know yourself much better than ever before as the microscope of authenticity will bounce back directly at you. This means the old “you can’t really see what’s going on in my private life” will be extinct and you’ll therefore have to “turn up” even if things aren’t going perfectly “off the ball” at home.
  • You’re going to come up against systems that refuse to change due to old school networks of “partnerships” and “old boys” where individualism is seen as disobedience or non conformity to strict cultural norms. This means greater dexterity and skill at managing upward.

What does it mean at home?

  • Less tolerance will be given to extended periods of “out of balance” as lost respect by family will lead reactions and rejection of your guidance. Disharmony with children will be accentuated if you are not really living your true self. (living vicariously through children will have greater consequences than ever)
  • Resolving work conflicts at home will no longer be viable. Your family and friends will no longer serve as the churn room for personal problem solving and option development. All high performance business exec’s will therefore need objective sounding boards and independent coaching from outside their firm and family. This industry will be a significant growth market.
  • Happier, balanced and calmer individuals will thrive as leaders. They will be the individuals with massive soft skill capability applied firstly to themselves and secondly to others.

What to do about it?

  • Learn how to explore yourself and others with “total human awareness” – the whole person comes to work and therefore needs to be considered in a more human way for performance management.
  • Break away from scripted formula for group management and rather skill up on bringing more of your total humanity to work. Results must be balanced with process.
  • Learn to detect trouble early. Individualism comes with mighty problems. It can lead to undetected mental and emotional health issues going unchecked, it can lead to group poisoning by those with the biggest personal troubles masked under individualism banners, and it can lead to excuses for poor performance such as blame validated under the banner of pride and free speech. Smaller voices need a platform other than conflict and aggression to be heard.

Next steps?

  • Shorten the waiting period between emotional, mental and personal problem and resolution. Learn new skills in self-management for fast, conscious and sustainable mind, mood and heart happiness.
  • Be clear on your long, medium and short term ambitions then set and forget. Once ambition is set, focus on process – make it heart driven.
  • Fully study “Total Human Awareness” so as not to be reactive to partial information.
  • Hire continual personal coaching to both educate on prevention and move process for trouble shooting before respect is lost in order to maintain authenticity.

Individualism and your High Performance Self Management for Business training

For many years Corporations have made the mistake of compartmentalising the development of people with the aim of increasing productivity and yet, the total human being, the heart, quality of life, relationship and other aspects of the human condition have been ignored. As we enter an era of hyper accelerated decision making the demands on individuals to bring their total capacity to work, including their heart, creativity, inspiration and non rational intellect, means we need a new understanding of “the Total Human Dynamic.” We are people first and fragmentation doesn’t exist. We must restore and preserve that awareness.

BALANCE

TOPIC 3. A BALANCED PERSON IS A GOOD LEADER, A HAPPY FAMILY MEMBER, A GREAT PARTNER, A HEALTHY SELF AND A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BROADER WORLD.

Christopher Walker

Staying balanced means:

  • Doing the right thing.
  • Preventing doing the wrong thing.
  • Creating good things.
  • Being healthy and happy enough to enjoy the journey.

PRESENTATION

A BALANCED PERSON IS BALANCED IN ALL SEVEN AREAS OF LIFE

Christopher Walker

CHANGING THE SHAPE OF SELF-LEADERSHIP

A balanced person is balanced in all seven areas of life. In this program we help individuals address the symptoms, cause and solution to imbalance in any aspect of life. We help individuals address chronic imbalance as well as immediate and short term triggers such as emotional and physical illness.

The Balance program has seven elements: They are…

HOW TO: Let Go the Past

Nothing affects the family more than the unloved life of the parent. Regret, sadness, guilt and anger disrupt a life more than any single source and so a balanced person needs to learn how to let go. Whether it’s in a coffee shop where food didn’t arrive on time or in life where a colleague wasn’t honest, or a life partner or family member disappointed us, we need to learn to let go so that we can live balanced in the present. This is an important part of the balance program.

HOW TO: Create Perfect Cellular Health

Balanced living is neither excess or deficiency.  Neither overeating nor under eating. Never too much, never too little.  The result of balanced living is obvious.  Our body is always in a state of flux, evolving, adapting, growing, ageing, healing and responding to demand. How do we remain steady when the vehicle we occupy is in such flux? This is an important awareness that we focus on in the Balance program. Cellular health looks at wellbeing from a micro level and frees us up on the macro level to get more enjoyment from what we do and eat.

HOW TO: Use the Environment To Support Success

A person needs to be in the right environment to create success. An environment that is out of balance, in any way, will create an imbalanced person. If the environment is corrupt, the individual will be corrupted, if the environment is toxic, the individual will become toxic. If the environment prioritises self interest over right action, then there will be an imbalance that creates troubles. We cannot become our best if our environment isn’t right. There are two things we can do to fix our environment to be balanced. One is our perception of people, places and things to see order where otherwise it might appear like chaos. This is a perception and mindset shift, and a very important skill. The second is physical, relying on improving the sensory environment, such as what we see, hear, feel, taste and smell. Of these, sight is key and nature is one such environmental trigger we harness for balance.

HOW TO: Stay Engaged and Get Over Speed Bumps..- Values Alignment

Authenticity means we put our heart into what we do. When our values are out of align with what we do, we become half hearted. In the balance program we clearly define individual intrinsic and extrinsic values to create alignment between action, process and outcome. When buying a house recently my friend asked me to share a meeting with the real estate salesman. He explained only the positives, no negatives of the deal, he shared market news that was only good no bad, to try to infatuate my friend into buying the house, (old style selling techniques) he was just dishonest and disrespectful to himself and my friend in this perspective. Now there was a lot of money at stake, and he knew it, so it took allot of integrity when I challenged him to put his true self, heart and soul into this conversation. To speak like the sale was not as important as his integrity. We refer to this as values alignment – your true I.P, Brand.

HOW TO: Use Your Vision, Inspiration, Purpose for Leadership

As there are seven areas of life a balanced person will have seven visions, seven areas of inspiration (passion) and one single sense of a purpose greater than themselves. Vision is the key to mental, emotional and physical health, few things are more important, this topic alone can bring a beautiful balance to life even when striving for singular success on any stage.

Taking a snippet from the yoga sutra,

When you are inspired by some greater purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Pattanjali

HOW TO; Evolve Yourself through Self Talk

A balanced person will be always present, focussed.  Whatever the situation, the attentive attitude will not be lost.  Unconditionally, their attention will stay focused on whatever they are doing. They are not thinking of answers while listening, they are lisening. While walking they are conscentrating on walking, the environment. If they walk into a room and then out in 10 seconds they can name 50 objects.  A person who is at the center is always in the moment, present, magnetic.  Even if the death of a loved one comes, they will not react.  They will receive death as they receive birth. If misery comes they will receive it as they receive joy.  Whatever happens it cannot dislodge this person from their center.  This powerful presence is an attitude, it is a consequence of being balanced.

A Balanced Person is Balanced in All Seven Areas of Life

Balance Program

The Balance Program is both a preventative and a maintenance program. It can be in the form of a 2-day workshop for corporate teams or private coaching or an intensive 30-day programme.

The unique feature of the Balance Program is that you not only get balanced in a sustainable healthy way but you learn a process for catching imbalance early for the future.. it means you can regulate your life balance and not be caught with your pants down in the future.

What do you think? Does it resonate with you? Do you know anyone who you think might benefit from this?