2019, the last year of the second decade in the first century of the third millennium. The forecasts for 2019 are just like the weather forecast: it’s either going to rain or it’s not. Forecasts for a boom can be heard just as much as those predicting another recession, interspersed with augurs who say that the boom is only the forerunner of the next big crisis. Because we’ve only got full employment as we still do not master the relevant new technologies and therefore have to hire a lot of people in the short term.
What is going to happen in 2019?
Parliamentary elections in many countries, the election of the European Parliament in May, in Germany 10 federal states will have local elections, 3 federal states will have state elections. We can look forward to the Women’s Football and Handball World Championships, as well as the Biathlon, Table Tennis, Ice Hockey, Swimming, Badminton, Basketball, Rugby, Athletics and Gymnastics World Championships. Some of us will be following the Cricket World Cup, as well as the European Table Tennis Championship. Some new German laws will also be coming into force.
We will therefore have to make many decisions in the new year. The question is, what will guide us? Many companies like to make plans called ‘2020’, ‘2025’, ‘2030’ or even ‘2050’. It is now high time for the 2020 plan to be implemented. There is much talk about VUCA and agility. However, these terms stand in the way of long-term planning as is required for 2025 to 2050. But how exactly do we know today how the future will develop? Wouldn’t it be better to position yourself in a way that you can react with agility on future changes? And what exactly would that mean?
Ready for the future
Sustainability means exactly knowing one’s own resources, competencies, talents, potentials and ambitions so that they can be used successfully as needed. Any person can make many such contributions, and usually wants to do so. So the more you know about what requirements are needed for certain activities and who can best perform them, the more ‘agile’ you can be.
Some of you may have used the quiet days in the festive season to think about certain things: What can I do, what do I want, what am I allowed to do? Only when ability and will are in harmony, can work inspire. Granted: It is not easy to make the working world like a cake that you can actually eat. But it’s not impossible. The new working and organisational models teach us this. There are many companies that are able to organise working hours and compensations democratically. While my generation grew up in an environment where talking about salaries was frowned upon, today people talk more openly about fair pay and holiday arrangements. This is not only based on deep trust, but also on the ability to be generous to others. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to just give someone what he or she deserves without constantly comparing oneself?
If we want to remain successful in the long run, such thoughts are goal-oriented. Because it is in this world of ours that we survive best together.
If you’d like to spin these almost philosophical thoughts further: I’m here for you!