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Conducting Your Own Referendum

“I wonder how much of what weighs me down

is not mine to carry.”

Over the weekend, my home country Ireland made headline news because of the result in a referendum on a difficult and emotional subject.

As I looked at the statistics from the voting centres yesterday, one very clear trend emerged.

The younger you were the higher the % vote for the Yes vote.

And with each subsequent age category that % dropped slightly until it got to the Over-65s in which there was a slight majority % of No.

The messages?

1. Younger minds see things differently.

2. The world has changed radically over the past 30 years and Ireland has voted to change with it.

I see a parallel with us as people and as organisations.

Often in business and life, we are holding on to old mindsets, viewpoints, and unspoken rules – usually we have inherited these or forgotten that they were there, guiding and shaping our every move and decision.

I think it’s useful do a vetting on yourself and your organisation every now and then – and then running a ‘Referendum’ if needs be, to decide on what needs to be change in your own Constitution i.e. your operating principles.

Asking questions is a good start. For example:

  • What are the results we are looking to create now?
  • What is true for me/us now?
  • Is how we’re working and living consistent with our core values?
  • Why do I/we want what I want?
  • Why am I/are we doing this work/project?

Most people I encounter are carrying things that serve them no longer e.g. unreasonable personal expectations, goals set from a previous time, unconscious parental advice, practices that don’t suit the reality of now.

This week might be a good time to do an ‘Inner Referendum’ and see what you and perhaps the people around you need to vote on and change.

Food for thought.

Shane

ps – Having a younger mind doesn’t have to relate to your age. Some of the youngest mindset people I know are over 65!

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