Conducting Your Own Referendum

“I wonder how much of what weighs me down is not mine to carry.”


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“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.


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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