Archives For Transparency
Transparency is a driving force for change, and comprises a subcategory within 21st Century Leadership.
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.
We cannot rely on the outdated belief that only managers are leaders. While certainly there is truth to this axiom, it seriously hampers organizations and their abilities to create value for customers, even society.
The complexities and dynamism that shape our organizations do not afford businesses the convenience and familiarity to solely look to managers for leadership. To do so is perilous: it will erode competitive advantages, choke innovation, reduce time to market for new products, and deliver mediocre service.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has penned an interesting piece on collaboration.
He contrasts the Silicon Valley culture of collaboration with the absence of collaboration–that is, in the positive sense of the word–among partisan politicians in Washington, D.C.
True enough–but has Friedman missed the real issue in Washington?