One Apple A Day #678 – what are your questions?

What’s next? What’s going to happen? How is it going to be once we are out of this situation? What will be the new normality? What world will we find, when we will wake up from this nightmare?

Conversations are full of questions, lately. Questions to which I have no answers at all. Sure, the prediction game is an appealing one, at least when it’s done with people with a positive attitude. But it feels driven more by the desire to escape the present than by a genuine will to create the future.

I prefer another quest instead. One driven by different questions. Who do I want to be? How do I want to show up? Tomorrow, sure. But also today. What can I do today, right now, here to be that person? What would that person do in this situation?

I’ll be honest, it’s not an easy quest. I get lost often. Confused between who I am, who I want to be, and who I think I should be. But I keep asking and searching. Every day a new opportunity to shine a bit more light, to advance another tiny step.

It helps me stay grounded in this uncertain time.

One Apple A Day #692 – the “who” questions

Where do your stakeholders need you and your team to be in 3-5 years?

This question was asked yesterday by David Clutterbuck during a webinar on team coaching. Indeed, a powerful question. One that shifts the focus on the team’s growth and evolution.

So, this morning I woke up with my own version of that question.

Who do I need to be in 3-5 years, to better serve my vision?

I love all questions starting with “who”. We live in a challenging, changing and uncertain world. What used to work only a few months ago is not working anymore. What it’s true today, may not be tomorrow.

In this context, goals, plans or strategies may sound hollow.

That’s why I believe that it’s vital to shift our attention to our growth as human beings. As individuals, teams, organizations and communities. Then, whatever happens in the future, whatever comes in our way, we will be able to adapt and respond.

“For all our discussion of the abstract power of societies, they are still made up of individual people. When two people connect, they form a relationship. A group of relationships forms a community, and the place where communities intersect is what we come to know as society. Each of us is responsible for forming the social codes of our communities.” – Source