These are the best of times—and the worst of times—for Independents striving to disrupt and transform our broken politics.
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.
For what seems an eternity, Americans have been focused on November 8.
Now we need to turn our attention to November 9.
Close to half the nation will face the reality of a president-elect whom they regard to be unsuitable if not unfit, perhaps illegitimate. Indeed, a majority may feel this way. Many who will have voted for the victor cannot be counted as supporters. They will have chosen whom they regard to be the lesser of two evils, often with the greatest reluctance.
Among many good-government types, there’s a reliable refrain: We need more moderates in Washington!
Such sentiments are doubtless well intended. It’s easy to see where they come from. The division and contentiousness in Washington is dysfunctional by any standard.
Nonetheless, the yearning for more moderates is misplaced.
In the aftermath of the Brexit, there’s a rising sense of imminent political change in the United States. The spectacular, disruptive insurgencies of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have illuminated the alienation of millions of Americans from our government and politics.
The British seized their sole opportunity to reset their nation’s relationship with centralized governance from Brussels. Now Americans are seeking ways to reset our centralized governance from Washington, D.C.
The need is so urgent–and the dysfunction so vast—so as to paralyze reformers into inaction.Should we press for constitutional amendments that may never come to pass? Longstanding political gridlock suggests it’s unlikely we could attain the required two-thirds super-majorities in Congress, ratified by three-fourths of the states.
Fortunately, there is one reform that could have an immediate, disruptive impact, without changing the Constitution. Quite simply, we could send the Congress home.