I remember when the world is flat by Thomas Friedman came out in 2005. Like a bolt of lightening struck me and caused me to change my entire business model. What hit me so strong was the motto that Thomas Friedman was shared on the wall of a Chinese production facility:
Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. Knows ben pakulksi must run faster than the fastest Lion or ben pakulksi will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. Knows ben pakulksi must outrun the slowest Gazelle or will starve to death. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lion or a Gazelle, when the sun comes out, you’d better be running.
At that moment I realized my goal had been to help individuals and businesses to compete. The world is flat and the Gazelle’s message made me realize the problem is not the competition, the issue is contingent.A central question in the uncertainty is what will transcend the economy, politics and technology? Here is at least a glimmer of what can be done:
The macro is now celebrating “awareness” and “self-consciousness.” There is a big difference between self-possession and self-absorption.
Awareness is not enough!
I know too many smart people who read well by Jim Collin to big for us to be in a State of fracture we. Too many people are comfortable good not being great.
I know you’ve heard Erasmus “in the land of the blind, the man with one eye is King”. Although their success does not mean that you’re the best model or that your leadership is what you need to take your life, team or company to the next level.
Nietzsche reminds us that “we just heard those questions for which we are able to find answers.” There are a lot of questions that need to be called out of our experience.
What is needed beyond awareness is courage.
Courage to name and claim the demons that you struggle with, and habits that you know they must break to stop the sabotage causing it to work harder than necessary.