Looking Ahead

How far ahead are you planning?
Most of us when we are young find it difficult to think more than a short time ahead. As we mature we may begin to think a bit further ahead.
Many organisations seem to struggle to think much beyond the next quarter.  A few, often the more successful ones, might be looking five, ten or even more years ahead.
Governments rarely get the chance to think more than one electoral cycle ahead.
Perhaps this short sightedness is one of our greatest challenges.  Perhaps changing our timeframe is the single most effective thing we can do to improve the wellbeing and outlook for our species, and many others.
So what is the right timeframe to be working to?
Thinking about the extent of our influence on living people, It seems appropriate to consider responsibility for our actions and choices until the last person we have significantly affected dies.
We might want to consider 200 years as being a safe threshold, about the longest we might expect our children’s grandchildren to last.  Perhaps this is the minimum period over which we should be feeling responsible?
Imagine the consequences, if we as business leaders, politicians or individuals framed our decisions in the context of 200 years of responsibility.  Imagine how our voting, our compassion, our policies, our inventions and everything would be transformed if instead of thinking just of ourselves or our era, we also considered our children’s children’s, children’s, children’s, children’s, children (an average of 30 years per generation).
It is probably not a coincidence that many of the native cultures saw their own responsibility in terms of seven generations.
The next frontier of our own evolution and of leadership will be to extend our stakeholder compassion not just to all people regardless of origin and all other living things, but also to future generations.
Many of us have have already become aware of the self limiting effect of discriminating against those who are different from ourselves, perhaps it is also time we stopped discriminating against those who are yet to come.

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About Neil Crofts

Writer, coach and consultant on authentic business and authentic leadership. Neil has inspired and motivated hundreds organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written three published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a coach, facilitator and consultant helping people and businesses find their authentic purpose and use it to inspire and motivate them to be everything that they can be. Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish. Neil has been independent for over 10 years and delivered his Authentic Leadership message to a diverse range of business audiences including people at BP, Shell, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, MSN, Jamie Oliver, South Gloucestershire Council, National Blood Transfusion Service, KaosPilots Business School, Fashion company By Malene Birger, German technology company Eleven.
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