Living in the flow of transformation means living in some degree of uncertainty. The degree will vary, but nevertheless, when things are in flow and in a transformational process, we can’t be certain of the outcome.
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle from quantum physics helps us to understand this from a scientific point of view. In simple terms, this principle states that you cannot pinpoint both the location of something and measure its speed of movement at the same time. You can do one or the other, but not both. If things are in motion, in flow, in the process of transformation, you can’t know exactly where you are, or where the project is, or what the specific outcome will be. However, you can know the general direction it is moving and perhaps even predict an outcome based on its current course. On the other hand, if you know exactly where you are or where the project is, chances are there is not a lot of movement happening. Things have come to a standstill–not necessarily a bad thing, but standing still nonetheless.
Transformational leadership requires knowing when to stop and measure where you are and when to stay in the flow and trust that you are moving in the right direction. If transformation is happening, it means that you’re going to be in the flow and must get comfortable with riding the wave. If you’ve set up the best possible conditions, then trust and let it flow. If you are really partnering with the potential, amazing things are likely to occur!