At our annual event, Meet the World, January 2011, de Baak tries to creates an atmosphere of togetherness, of meeting up. This time the subject was Post Crisis Leadership, about new forms of leadership for the future.
Among the 200 participants sharing their insights where some of the members of the Think-tank European Leadership, an international group of professionals without organisation, budget or chairman. People who like each other and got together to see what will come out of it. It became a book: Leadership Talks.
Leadership in 2012
Our guest speakers talked in Photo-essays about Leadership in 2012. A short impression in words will give an idea.
Tim Harle: “Our reaction on uncertainty is control. In 2012 the success in the world will still look fragile. It also brings pollution, poverty, etc. Leadership will still flow only in one direction. But international communication via the Web will increase, which can give small things big importance. There will be no definite answers, I hope that just like ducks, people relate more with each other. No separate cilotanks with information but interconnecting. Open leadership, for you cannot write leadership down. And let there be great importance of learning, I learn more from my primary school children then from my colleagues.”
Peter Robertson: “Key values will change, because of a change in powers: USA and China. The railway station in Shanghai with the high-speed train is bigger then we can imagine. I saw an Islamic montesourischool. We have crisis and corruption al over the World, and we cannot control it. But if you are corrupt, it will come back to you. There still will be crazy people with unbelievable ideas, like van Gogh. Family values won’t change although families are looking in a very big World now a days.
Sharon Turnbull: “In the Maya-Calander on the 21st of December 2012 a period ends. What will come next is unsure. What can we dot against destruction of our world? How can we bring balance into this world so that the next generation don’t have to live in the world as it is today. I see increasing mindsets dealing with different values ending up in wars. There will be more migration around the whole planet, will there be only crowds in cities? A good metaphor is the polar bear on one tiny iceberg. How will leaders deal with unbalance between for instance rich and poor? Striking is that people who have few, share and live in allied communities, while rich people seem to be more alone and everything is about brands. There is enough in the world for everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed. In 2012 still a lot of people will travel by oxcart. How can we include the world? How can we use internet for this? How do birds move from one leader to another flying in a swarm? Shared leadership, and more women in leadership. 2012 could be different.”
Rakesh Sondhi: “How can you win in a chaotic world? For chaos, diversity, instability, natural disasters and imbalances will continue. Leadership will embrace the race of life more competitive. Greed will continue. Challenges between different groups. Like cultural clashes, between Western, Arabic and Asian organizations who will keep spreading their brands and values into the world. We must learn to see the world from another perspective: without fear and seeing the changes instead of disasters and differences. Leaders from several backgrounds will grow in relationships and cooperation. Leaders must realize that people want happiness. Leaders should provide unique viewpoints. To accomplish such an attitude leaders have to learn about themselves: what moves us, how does our brain works, why do we make the decisions we make why do we pull back in times of disaster? Grow the selfbelief that he or she can make a difference in the world. We should see the world as a whole, not as a threat but as a chance.”
David Weir: “Space in which we live and work can be seen as defined by social or organizational parameters. Per economy with different business models you can spot differences in the set-up of space. Those physical spaces can influence our decision-making behavior. Some spaces are disastrous for team players. Some spaces make you look serious, a place that makes you unreal, unfocused and disconnected. Look at the back of the head in front of you, do you know what is going on in there? No! Because you can’t see their faces. In the Middle East, in Bohemian tribes, everyone can see each others face, and every one has contact with the leader. Or does our system works better? Which market works the best? One thing is sure: our time is up unless we do something very different.”
Serano Borghero: “The interior of the working place determines if we feel happy and inspired. We have four generations to take in account which have different views about the working space. The youth doesn’t want a managers room, they are less loyal, so if you don’t adjust to that need, they will perhaps leave. Also there are cultural differences about a work space. And we don’t work from 9-5 anymore. Individuals are more like trees, and so are organizations. The leader isn’t the problem solver anymore, he or she just provides people to work at their best. The working place becomes a perspective on the nature of your world, the community to which you want to belong. To give the working place attention, you need to change your business model: make one with Heart: people, planet, profit can become the essence of your brand. You have to make an effort to keep connected to your roots, it is up to us to shape the world we want to live in.
Impressions of the participants during the workshops:
I like the management style of disturbance, the style of not giving a direction.
Too much structure in an organization destroys the values in the behavior of the employees
In an organization you can also follow the principles of nature
Command and control can slow things down.
New leadership is like water, it flows to the lowest point; you can only make decisions in the presence of ‘now’
At de tribe of the Massai a child of 6 is given a goat to look after. The child gets full responsibility. There starts leadership en trust: at 6!
Keep one eye on the tradition of your success, and the other in the here and now.
A radical mind shift can start with exercising the body: meditational walk like a penguin. Taking it slow to go fast.
Universal law to happiness: everything changes, nothing stays the same, change is part of nature. So business also changes al the time, standing still is unnatural.
The individual ‘we’, is the best motivation. We must work together to get it done on this planet, it is a mindset.
More and more people choose who they want to follow. A lot don’t want to follow anyone anymore: “I don’t like the CEO”.
We have to teach our children new concepts about leadership.
Why not make the common goal Happiness?
Everbody is a leader. New leaders makes followers to leaders. The present leaders have to make the first step…