As we approach 2014 with changes on the horizon and the start of a new work year I ponder yet again about what is around us as leaders. What are we connected to? How do we see ourselves at the center of the hub, or do we? What are our relationships around us that create new centers? What is the center of our leadership?
As usual for me questions continue to pop as shifts occur in our work relationships. People coming and going and moving around in an organization cause centers to shift, bulges to occur, space to emerge. These shifts are good for departments and organizations as they allow us to open up the box or shake it around to see what else might be possible.
The fluidity is always present. We sometimes just live in an illusion that things are stable. Fluidity fosters new centers or whorls where new work can be created. For example, a new department in an organization is created to address an emerging trend. People are pulled and attracted to this new center and holes are left like a sponge that is squeezed. How does one lead from this tiny new center that is just incubating? What happens to the other centers? What happens to your center and the center of your work universe when things change? What do you rely on as a leader when your center is shaken or becomes a hole?
In this work environment we live in what is it like for you leading from the center?