The Inclusion Dividend is a fine book with several goals, each of which is achieved by the authors.
Archives For History
The History category illuminates 21st Century Leadership issues with the aid of past experience and understanding.
Serve to Lead includes respectful references to the management approach of Dwight Eisenhower.
Some readers, I learned, had been unaware of the scope of Ike’s accomplishments. Some young people have scarcely heard of the thirty-fourth president.
By contrast, many more people are aware of the leadership of John Kennedy, Ike’s successor. JFK is routinely ranked among the presidents most admired by Americans today.
There may be lessons in the differing public understandings.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
On Friday, May 10, 1940, at 5:35 a.m., the beautiful spring dawn of northwestern Europe was sundered by the unanticipated, unmistakable, ominous, thunderous rumble of heavy artillery fire. Adolf Hitler himself was on the scene, directing the surprise German invasion of Holland and Belgium.
The ruthlessly effective Blitzkrieg that had been loosed upon Poland was now on the move in the West. The Wehrmacht moved with rapid, rehearsed precision through the Low Countries. Its success surprised even the German high command. The Luftwaffe hit French airfields, as well as targets in Holland and Belgium.
Amid the chaos, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain scrambled to hold together his government. Hours of political maneuvering removed any lingering doubt that the premier could not unite his Conservative party, much less Labour and Liberals, into a war cabinet.
Shortly after 6 pm, Winston Churchill was called by a reluctant King George VI to form a new, all-party government.
For the week of Earth Day, Serve to Lead includes three posts on the evolution of 21st century environmental leadership. Your comments and contributions are encouraged.
The Task of Environmental Leadership
Amid the ever rising, discordant, disconnected, coursing invasion of voices and information and interpretations competing to engage our consciousness 24-7, it’s ever more difficult to achieve perspective.
Are we surprised that people retreat to various explanatory ideologies to impose some order… or perhaps, a surcease, a rationalization for disengagement?….
Our evolving environmental consciousness exemplifies the challenge of achieving understanding in our highly connected age.
Earth Day week is an apt moment to make note of some of the spectacular changes underway.
Undertake a thought experiment:
–What issues before us now will appear most consequential fifty years hence?
–What questions that appear to us to be settled, entirely beyond debate, will be viewed as erroneous in the future?
–What issues are taboo, kept from discussion, that will be viewed as central, in the longer view?
What follows are a series of observations and questions intended to stir thought–and spur action.