Rebuilding our leadership economy
Every day Seth Godin posts a new blog, often a new perspective on the familiar – something we’ve never really given much thought. His labour is a model of persistence, passion, dedication and commitment to provoke thinking and action.
Earlier this week he wrote about the magic of the countdown…the 10, 9, 8, 7 (you know how it goes), but particularly about the need for commitment before the countdown starts. Without commitment the rocket, or our change initiative, may be left, forlorn, on the launchpad when the count hits zero.
Isn’t this a fundamental challenge of our times? We’re facing the biggest opportunity to change our world for something better. It’s not a case of not wanting to flop on the launch pad, we simply can’t afford to.
Of course, we’ve been here before and in recent history. The 2008 financial crash offered us the opportunity for a significant reforming. Yet all the ‘metrics’ have shown we didn’t take it – focusing on rebuilding the economy and returning, as quickly as possible, to business as usual personally and professionally.
Two things occur here that are pertinent to our current situation and opportunity. Firstly, focusing on the ‘metrics’ is unhelpful, boxing us into a particular set of behaviours and ways of doing things. We become ‘slaves’ to compliance, stuck in old ways. Secondly, the economy and rebuilding it is important. How we do it is what matters and a key part of that is about expanding our definition and understanding of economy beyond the purely financial.
If we think about economy in terms of nurturing and wise use of all our resources whether individually or collectively we’d be considering the health of our emotional economy, our relationship economy, our thought economy – all of which are elements of our leadership economy.
These are the areas we need to invest in if we are to create a future different to the past. If we are to break out of old patterns of thinking and shed the mental models and conventions that hold us in place. If we are to focus on building the relationships and deep trust that are the foundations of collaboration. If we are to recast our organisations and leadership to empower people and to contribute to building a better world for all.
The countdown began a long time ago. Covid-19 is an accelerant of the need to build a better, more equitable and sustainable future. By investing in our leadership economy we’re bolstering our commitment to launch.