I am a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson. In his book, “Out of Our Minds,” Robinson remembers these words of Abraham Lincoln, spoken to congress in 1862. “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country.”
Robinson comments, “I love the word ‘disenthrall.’ What he (Lincoln) meant was that we all live our lives guided by ideas to which we are devoted but which may no longer be true or relevant. We are hypnotized or enthralled by them. To move forward we have to shake free of them.”
When it comes to your leadership world, where are you enthralled these days? That hypnotic place where you have married yourself to what used to work. Perhaps it is time to wrestle with what is relevant and make a commitment to “shake free” of something that is holding you back.
Disenthrall literally means, “To free from bondage.”
If the status quo has you in chains, it is time to disenthrall.
Why do you think leaders are so bound to ‘what used to work?’