“These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Yes, I confess I am unabashedly a Star Trek fan. While watching the movie Star Trek Beyond recently, it struck me how relevant the Star Trek values are to what we’re going through today and to what we need to reflect on as leaders. Just look at these opening lines, from the captain’s log, at the very opening of the movie:
“Today is our 966th day in deep space. A little under three years into our five-year mission. The more time we spend out here, the harder it is to tell where one day ends and the next one begins. It can be a challenge to feel grounded, … things have started to feel a little episodic. The farther out we go, the more I find myself wondering what it is we are trying to accomplish. But if the universe is truly endless, then we are not striving for something forever out of reach….”
Instead of wondering, consider that NOW may be the perfect time to reflect on what it means to be a leader. To be WHO we are. To take the time to discover our own unique purpose in life – even if it’s not perfect and even if we need to revisit it. It is time to REINVENT.
I’m a part of Reinvention Society and it is clear to me that Reinvention is not a linear process. It is more like a life purpose. Just as exploring space was for the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
No one knows how long our COVID-19 isolation will last. There are conjectures of course and – isolation or no isolation – speculations that the situation will last somewhere between 18 and 24 months.
COVID-19 is just one disruption. There will be others.
One thing is certain, we will wake up one day to a completely different world. As leaders, we know that the world needs to change. We know that we need to change ourselves and our organizations in order to make it through and to make it work. Because if we don’t deliberately make the shift, examine what we need to keep and what we need to get rid of, we may not survive.
So, the questions: Who am I? and What should I be doing? are more relevant today than ever before.
NOW is the perfect time to REINVENT.
Let me ask you this: How do we adjust and adapt to the immediate crisis while thinking about the future and what it may hold?
Now is the time to ask yourself these questions and boldly go where no one has gone before.
Yours in Reinvention!
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