Perhaps what the Brexit vote and the continued contortions around the western world demonstrate above all else, is that it is time for change.
When inequalities of power, wealth and opportunity grow too great tensions are created. When those tensions are not alleviated, they will eventually release in unpredictable ways.
Frustrated, angry people, become vulnerable to the manipulation of demagogues and agitators. In Britain newspapers, The Daily Express, The Sun, The Daily Mail and Nigel Farage have been the agitators in chief. Drip feeding an anti EU, anti immigrant narrative for years.
This toxic narrative has gone unchecked by successive politicians for whom it provided a convenient scapegoat for their own failings. We cannot just blame politicians, we have collectively failed to adequately counter this narrative by articulating the enormous value that both the EU and immigrants bring with the same energy as the agitators.
But the real tragedy is that the true cause of the tensions remains untouched, unchanged. “Austerity” has blighted the lives of millions and the opportunity gap has continued to grow.
We have to change the narrative. A flourishing economy is the outcome of a flourishing society and a flourishing ecosystem – not the other way around.
Anything else is stealing from the future. Sure you can show impressive economic results for a time by under investing in education, under investing in infrastructure and externalising costs to the population and the environment. But the day will come when you have to pay it back.
Sustainability is not a choice, it is inevitable. The less sustainable you are today the greater the consequences for tomorrow.
It is not the economy, stupid. It’s society and ecosystem.
Bhutan (a small country in the Himalayas) uses Gross National Happiness as a key government performance metric. They are also the only carbon negative country in the world.
A flourishing economy is the result of a flourishing society and environment – not the cause.
It is clear that few of our present generation of politicians think this way and still less of our media.
It is clear that delegating our own responsibility for the governance and future of our countries and planet is no longer sufficient.
We must become more involved.
Complaining on Facebook or ranting among your friends is not being involved it is spectating.
Join or form a political party. Join or form a lobbying group. Get involved – that is the message of the referendum.
Alongside all of this we have to upgrade our leadership skills so that there are many, many more people willing to make the choice to lead and with the skills to do so.
Since we set Holos up our vision has been “Ubiquitous Authentic Leadership”.
We are interested in setting up a leadership academy aimed specifically at younger people. We don’t know exactly what form this would take and would be interested to hear ideas or meet potential collaborators.
Holos helps make change easy. We help organisations develop their leaders, map out and deliver the changes required to achieve sustained success even in a highly disrupted environment.
At Holos we have been studying change leadership and leadership training in the crucible of reality for years. We know what great leadership looks like and we know the journey to achieve it. We have developed a suite of diagnostic tools to understand where companies and teams are on this journey and how to take them from there to sustained success.
Holos has a wealth of specialist leadership and culture coaches and consultants with decades of experience working with a huge variety of leaders. Holos can help you or your organisation to upgrade it’s leadership to flourish even in a challenging business environment.
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