Jonathan Shields writes about the conflict surrounding change.
Everyone wants to own the result, nobody wants to own the process.
Especially when it involves change or disruption to the patterns around which they’ve grown accustomed.
A really smart entrepreneur once told me Maslow got it wrong.
The fundamental need is not survival, but rather the need to not have to endure change.
I laughed. But, increasingly, I’m finding truth in those words.
I often hear different definitions of leadership.
How about this…
A leader is someone who is willing to own not just the result, but the process.
What do you think?
I do find many things to think about in Shields’ comments. The thing that weighs most heavily on me is the difference today in our current political/policy environment between those who have change thrust upon them and those who do the thrusting of the change.
Today, everyone who is not already rich are the ones having change thrust upon them; change to their dreams, change to their standard of living, change to their hopes for their children.
Increasingly I see little difference between the Ultra Rich, the CEO’s and our elected officials. Except maybe that our elected officials are often wholly owned subsidiaries of multinational corporations as opposed to responsive to the democratically expressed needs of their constituents.