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technology discomfort

Technology Discomfort Creates Leaders And Followers

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Have you ever been the victim of technology discomfort? That hesitation, fear, or unwanted risk to try something you’ve never done before?

Many people are making big leaps. It is more than giant steps, they are leaping.

The rapid deployment of video technologies used in a time of crisis has forced the hand of the slow to adopt.

Some will suggest that it has to do with age. Others may suggest that it has to do with beauty, perception, or the fear connected with the unknown that causes discomfort.

Digital isn’t new. It is just being wildly adopted by the feeling of need.

We need to communicate better. We need to have a meeting, broadcast some information, or participate in the next discussion. It may be for a decision, for something to learn, or because we miss our family and friends.

Needy.

There is nothing wrong with recognizing the need and driving change.

The question to ask though, is, why did you wait so long?

The early adopters and those who embrace. The risk takers, and the rain makers. Many of those have already been there. Everyone else has just been waiting. Waiting to follow.

There might be a lesson here.

Technology Discomfort

The lesson may be about exploring your discomfort and not leaping back when you see your shadow on the wall.

No more hiding away and waiting behind.

Stepping back keeps you in your comfort zone. There is no courage required. No reason to face the fear and discomfort for growth. Just unknowingly waiting to be driven by force.

Leaders lead. Leading requires risk. Following matters too. Yet, following out of force is different from following by choice.

Choosing is leading.

Having no choice feels like a push.

Nobody likes being shoved.

Making the choice is much more productive.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Group Dynamics of What Happens Next

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Social media seems to be alive and well. The suggestion of social distancing, which translates to physical distancing, has ensured more online interactions. Have you considered the group dynamics of what happens next?

Group dynamics always play a role. We’ve experienced it since we were kids.

“Peanut butter and jelly is gross,” from one kid and suddenly others may agree.

It is also true for the love of banana seat bikes in the 1970’s and Ninja Turtles in the late 1980’s.

Group Dynamics

As adults we’re also conditioned by the dynamics of groups.

When one person suggests the boss is a jerk and then someone else corroborates the concept, the group may follow.

We see it in the workplace, in politics, and certainly what is broadcast in the news. We read, watch, and listen to the narrative, yet ultimately, we decide what we will believe.

Our decision to believe is often connected to the actions and behaviors of the group. When enough people believe, it often is considered to be evidence of proof.

Hysteria sells a whole lot more than the daily routine. People are often looking for the excitement, the energy of fear, anxiety, and panic.

Fear is a short run game. It divides the field, splits the group, and creates a dynamic of winners and losers. Those on one side win by the elimination or conquering of fear, while others are destined to remain afraid.

What Happens Next

What happens next will likely depend on the group you choose to join.

One group wants to gain attention, be the most exciting, become the most watched, the most listened to, and the most followed.

With all the numbers it must be true, right?

In grade school or high school your parents may have had concerns about the other kids you hung around. They were trying to protect you and steer you to the right group.

Today as adults it isn’t much different only the stakes are higher. It may create a dynamic of success, or a dynamic of doom, gloom, and persistent failure.

Choose the right group. Make good decisions. Following the crowd off the cliff is never a good idea.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Calm Leader, Lead Better Because Followers Matter

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Are you a calm leader? How is your performance in the face of crisis, turmoil, or disruptive news?

There is a responsibility to leadership. By nature, many people are followers.

They follow for various reasons. They may follow out of fear or they may follow out of respect. In the best cases they follow because they have been positively inspiring to do so.

What is growing your following?

Hysteria in the workplace or in your community is something that leadership can help prevent.

Calm Leader

On a beautiful pleasantly warm summer day I remember watching a manager run past me in the hallway. As he passed, I asked, “What’s wrong? What’s going on?”

As he continued in his rush, he replied, “My windows are down.”

Another employee turned abruptly in the hallway and ran after him.

Moments later I walked towards a window area on the side of the building. Outside I noticed a window cleaning crew with a hose spraying and washing the windows.

I laughed. I laughed out loud.

Just in case you aren’t following the story line. The manager was rushing to the parking lot to put up the windows of his vehicle. His office had a window and he suddenly noticed a lot of water coming against the window. His perception was that a torrential downpour was erupting outside. Another employee followed his lead.

Better Leaders

Everyone has instincts, senses, and gut-feel reactions to information and human behavior. Largely because, well, we are human.

Leaders need to be a step above the rest. They must analyze information with a critical eye.

People will always follow.

Be very cautious about where you are leading them.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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