When I said, “Nobody is upping their game and working harder than they ever have in their entire lives“, it dawned on me that further explanation may help.
Most people are working harder than they ever have, but that’s not what I meant by working harder.
What we are talking about here is working harder to innovate, not harder to keep our jobs. Although, intuitively, more and better innovation should actually catapult people.
And this is why no one is doing it.
Except the linchpins.
No one is focused on innovation because innovation requires change and risk.
Change and risk make you stand out. Change and risk in today’s climate can get you in trouble.
Who wants that?
Nobody. Not even the Linchpins.