You Are In Control
This week’s positive thought came when I was reminded of a quote from Invictus by William Ernest Henley.
“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
Henley led an extremely difficult life yet he remained positive and productive throughout.
This week, take control of your life and tell yourself:
“I am in control of my response to people, places and situations. My mind controls 100% of my mood, morale and attitude. Other people have no ability to affect my thoughts or behavior unless I allow it. When I hear myself say “he makes me angry” or “she drives me crazy” I take action and change my thoughts. I am in control”
To paraphrase Henley, I am the master of my thoughts and feelings. I am the captain of my actions and reactions.
In business, to have control, sometimes we need to relinquish some of it. When we are focused on traditional organizational development or redevelopment we tend to use questions like “What are the problems? What’s wrong? or What needs to be fixed?” This directs our focus to weaknesses that need to be solved. But if we turn that approach around and use an Appreciative Inquiry, the process identifies and focuses on the organization’s strengths.
Appreciative Inquiry uses a process of asking questions to envision a better future. This in turn in allows the growth of positive relationships and builds on the present potential of a given person, organization or situation.
The 4-step AI process is as follows:
* DISCOVER: The identification of organizational processes that work well.
* DREAM: The envisioning of processes that work well in the future.
* DESIGN: Planning and prioritizing processes that work well.
* DESTINY (or DEPLOY): The implementation (execution) of the proposed design.
The aim is to build – or rebuild – organizations around what works, rather than what doesn’t.
I encourage leaders of organizations to consider this perspective. Appreciative Inquiry gets people more engaged and more focused on a new positive path, and creates an atmosphere of inclusion, where everyone has some control of the outcome.