Below is a great little video that a friend pointed me to. It’s less than 2 minutes long, so be sure to watch it through to the end (with your speakers on) … it will be worth it! I’ll give you some more background on it when you’re done.
Pretty cool, huh? This video was the second-place winner in a U@50 Challenge contest run by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 2007/2008. The goal of the U@50 Challenge was to encourage inter-generational dialogue and to give young people a chance to speak their minds while also giving AARP insight into their views. I think you’ll agree that this video certainly accomplished it goal. If you’re a “veteran” leader in an organization, then at minimum, this clip is an uplifting and refreshing voice from the perspective of a generation that often causes grief to supervisors and managers. But for me, this video did much more. What it really gave me was a dramatic illustration of what can happen if we simply change our perspective. Don’t know if you caught it, but at about the 0:48 mark, just before the words start rolling backwards, the narrator says “And all this will be true, unless we choose to reverse it”.
What does that mean for us in the bigger picture in our roles as leaders? Do you ever find yourself in a negative situation – poor work performance by an employee, deteriorating relationship with the boss or a co-worker, or worsening financial results – that just seems to spiral downwards? If so, what are you doing, what actions are you choosing to take, to reverse the direction? I would love to hear your thoughts and find out more about what you’re doing to accomplish this.