Today I enjoyed a special breakfast amongst colleagues - I can't tell you who they were given Chatham house rules.. those Total exec members who attended will know...
Conversation started with a quote very relevant to the current Olympic success from Rudolf Bode...
"When an old culture is dyeing, new cultures are created by those..."
... who are not afraid...
A lot of what we do in leadership is about what do we keep - or let go of.
When it comes to innovation, most are risk averse.
Take for example our leaders in Canberra...
They are either:
- Sleeping with partners of any of the above.
So, if any of them wanted to go out on a limb and really 'innovate / change' they probably will not last long - they are risking their whole political network / contacts / life - that won't likely let them back in.
"Innovation - Yes let's innovate! - great idea, let's roll it out!"
Leaders let innovators do this - they love to watch. Let them have their success and if they do - lets share their success
And if they don't - let's cut off the limb they were hanging from soon as it shows a 'crack' that works against our 'brand', etc.
Then let's re-employ them in a new position! - because we love watching innovators out on a limb whilst the majority stick with what is safe - clinging to the trunk!
What a load of Bull....
Speaking with leaders in business on a daily basis...
They are tired of the rhetoric
Australia's productivity continues to fall on a national level in our world that becomes increasingly competitive.
Business leaders need to speak with people who are on the 'edge of isolation' - those not willing to hang hard on the tree trunk - the people willing to hang from a limb.
It is time to grow some horns and start a revolution - like the global economy is getting a taste of - via Australia's solidarity through the Olympics!
It Doesn't matter that we didn't rule the medal tally - what matters is the backbone we put into the success of our future generations.
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