Searching for ways to reflect on leadership challenges
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE NEED TO ADAPT NOT JUST OUR CORPORATIONS, BUT OUR WAY OF SEEING THINGS? THIS IS THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE SIGNALS TAKES ON AS EUROPE TAKES ITS SUMMER VACATIONS.
Signals: Thinking about the way we think was once popular in strategic circles. No so much anymore. However, at least we question our assumptions more, thanks to the rise of great minds like Peter Senge http://executive.mit.edu/faculty/profile/30-peter-senge and Donella Meadows http://www.donellameadows.org/. We need to sit back and reflect. The signals we are seeing tell us that the collision course with nature we are all bound on will be the trainwreck of the century, and the solutions we need to look for are not on the level of changing light bulbs, but in the very way we perceive the world. We need to redefine what we mean by growth, how we see the economy and how we as strategists advise the organisations we work for.
The links below point to an increasing urgency for a wider understanding of the collision course that we are on, some interesting approaches to this communication question and attempts to create a space for the dialogue to take place.
Energy and Economy commentator, Gail Tverberg, applying her actuary skills to the full suggests twelve principles, that if we all understood we would view the way energy and the economy work together.
The Natural Step use a funnel analogy. Wide at the mouth and ever narrower the deeper you go, they illustrate the challenge of more and more people using fewer natural resources. You have to work smarter and smarter as more people join the planet and resources deplete.
The Club of Rome’s recent updates to their ”Limits to Growth” suggest that if we get it into our heads that resource constraints are real, we can avoid the worst.
Author Naomi Klein will be presenting her new book ”This Changes Everything” where she argues that radical political change is needed in the fight against climate change. The presentation will take place in Central Hall, London in dialogue form.
In October, Sacred Valley Dialogues provides a space on Mallorca for strategists to meet to reflect on how to approach the energy-economy-environment challenge in their specific contexts.
The Water and Food Award uses not a funnel, but a ladder metaphor. WAF wants corporations, every single one on the planet, to engage in creating water and food security.
The last signals issue showed how greens are thinking security and the military are thinking green, in a remarkable fusion of approaches from two seemingly opposite viewpoints.
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