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Once again, Watergate analogies are in the air. Though they may be overdrawn, there are important lessons that remain evergreen from a historic, catastrophic leadership breakdown at highest level. These lessons are as familiar as Shakespeare or the Bible—and as pertinent as ever in the new world of 21st century leadership.
One major change: the rapid denouement of the Nixon presidency—from electoral triumph to dissolution in less than two years—would be greatly accelerated in today’s Internet age.
Serve to Lead outlines the Information Age trends that are disrupting leadership, management, and communication in all fields. The passage of time is making these changes ever more evident. Effective, 21st Century Leadership is quite distinct from traditional leadership. Leaders need a new, updated toolbox in order to serve effectively.
The emergence of 21st Century Leadership in business is unmistakable. Its rise in non-governmental organizations is also well underway.
These changes have placed outliers in sharp relief. Perhaps the greatest outlier is our politics and government.
It’s past time to disrupt politics.
For this reason, I’ve written Disrupt Politics: Reset Washington.
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.