A Half Changed World

Guest Blogger: Melissa Garcia
Custer Public Power District
MGarcia@custerpower.com

I can be overwhelming.  It seems I am always questioning the status quo.  It’s because of some of my particular personality traits mixed with my ingrained millennial view of the world.  It’s one thing to look at it as my own individual circumstances and a whole other to consider the idea that maybe society, and certainly the different teams we are a part of, are split at the very fiber of how we view the world.  After hearing Seth Mattison, Founder of Custer headshotFuturesight Labs, I starting thinking about this a little more deeply.  He believes we live in a half changed world.

Often in rural America we have leaders who have earned that title over time, working up the ladder in a hierarchical world.  Enter Millennials.  We don’t see the world in the form of a chain of command or organization chart.  It’s flatter.  A world of peers bound together through a web of networks.  I value the CEO at the same level as I value a high school senior.  But, therein lies the square peg, round hole issue.

How do we meet people where they are when members of our own teams fall at polar opposites on the wide spectrum of understanding the world of leadership? How do we move forward- together- with an authoritative culture that values power and security and mold it with a new wave of leaders reared in an open source world?  Like anything, it takes compromise.  It takes finding the common, shared goal and collectively committing to it.  It means respecting differences and asking questions about those differences.  It means taking down walls and offering trust.  Often, it means following a champion we can relate to.

No matter if we see the world in corporate ladders or a tangled web of shared influence- legacy worthy work in Rural environments only works when we roll up our sleeves and work toward a better future together.  Authentically valuing each others strengths and insights across generations and world views strengthens the roots of the works we are growing.  It takes time, intentionality, patience, and acceptance.  It takes letting go of our definition of success and opening up to thoughts that the end goal can look a number of different ways.  And, if committed we can ask the right questions to find the best way to get there.

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Thanks Melissa for sharing!

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