The realities of ego-driven vs. truth-seeking cultures
Business will clearly change as a result of COVID-19. But how it will over the long run still remains to be seen. With that in mind, one thing leaders need to be assessing of themselves and their people is how willing they are to study potential changes and respond accordingly. Do your people show up to work each day open to possibility or clutching to the way things have always been done?
I was listening to an interview with Mike Maples, Jr. of Floodgate, who said, “Ego is about who’s right.The truth is about what’s right.” Inconvenient truths and new stubborn facts will emerge and accelerate based on this cultural shift. Will these impacts be weighed in earnest by your organization or will they be downplayed and dismissed?
Another reference to consult if you are weighing this is The Fifth Discipline, in which the author talks about the ultimate goal is to build a “learning organization”. A learning organization has a high degree of trust within it among leadership and employees and a feeling that we’re all in this together.
One of the major challenges that persist, especially when ego comes into play, is when we end up inadvertently or purposefully relying on confirmation bias: favoring information that confirms your previously existing beliefs.
Change is messy and never easy. What’s important is to cultivate a culture where people feel supported trying new things and sharing ideas as a means for discovering what is possible.
Good luck out there.