The past may serve as a guide, leading us forward to the next milestone, breakthrough, or dead end. How is your workplace history serving as a guide?
I have a good friend who loves research. He picks a topic and researches its origins, the good, the bad, and even the ugly.
One point he commonly shares with me is that there seems to be very little original thought, most new breakthroughs originate from a start long ago.
In workforce circles the discussion is often about role models. Be a great leader, inspire, and build success.
Role models are really an extension of the past. Taking an original idea, mindset, or cultural value and building on it. Sure, things ebb and flow, shape and change, yet there exists an original idea.
What does your organization do? Does it build wheels, make tires, or sell them? Build a box, put something in a box, or deliver a box? Grow, process, or serve food? Does it in one way or another serve people? Nothing new here.
We role model what we do because our form of commerce has likely developed from something traded long ago. A service, a product, and help somebody do something, earn some food or shelter or become part of the group.
Today people role model through their workplaces, social media feed, and community influencers. The culture of each workplace develops its personality by watching, learning, adapting, and becoming.
The future of your workplace is developed largely through its history. Most thoughts are not original and are built upon across time. We shape what will happen next.
That is our responsibility. Stay accountable.
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.