The Latin root is emergere meaning ‘to arise’ or ‘to bring to light’.
In our normal approach to business, we don't allow for a great deal of emergence. Our normal model is to set targets and drive for results. It is now time to step back a little and see what is emerging, in your life as much as in your business.
“If you want to capitalise on the opportunity of this emergency you need to identify and empower what is emerging!”
Both aspects are critical but we are already traditionally stronger in the former than the latter and it is in the realm of relationships, social capital and culture that the green shoots of change are showing up (see HERE for a Resurgent Recovery Primer).
Mechanical: Fitting the pieces back together. Driving systems improvement.
Organic: Healing. Social capital is leveraged and renewed.
- Organic change is subtle and quiet, so you have to be that to notice it. Leaders need to create a space in which they can actually notice what is changing. Speak less, ask more. Allow longer uncomfortable silences.
As a leader YOU WANT THESE PEOPLE AND THESE PRACTICES TO CONTINUE. When traditional leaders get their breath-back they usually reassume control and, inadvertently, shut down these little social experiments in distributed leadership.
“the window in which second tier leaders show up and operate is traditionally quite small, often not more than a couple of weeks to months.”