2.) Now introducing the dreaded, profane party crasher…Transparency. One of the three leadership themes identified earlier this year http://povblogger.blogspot.com/2015/02/hash-tag-youre-it.html has already been on full display. Transparency emerged as a theme in the Hillary Clinton email controversy and then died. Basically because the Clintons, like so many at the top echelons, now are governed by a different set of rules. That’s no longer just perception; it’s reality. Gaps are now gulfs. Self consumed leaders who aspire to be selfless would be wise to help at least provide a lift to the bridge. These gestures can come in many different forms, such as truth, encouragement or support (according to McKinsey, this is the number one leadership attribute), opportunity, service, basic act out of self interest, etc. It doesn’t always have to have a bottom-line value attached. Best things in life are free, right?
3.) No one who speaks of change seems to know where change will lead. Trust, which comes at a premium during change, has not only reached all-time lows; it’s been shot to death. According to this year’s Edelman Trust Barometer, which measures confidence in institutions across the world, two-thirds of the 27 nations surveyed now fall into the “distruster” category. The pace of innovation now moves too fast by a 2:1 margin, forcing companies and businesses to rethink what’s good in the marketplace vs. simply what sells. The only way through seems to be sustainable relationships, which require investing time to understand context fully vs. simply doing transactions and calling the result relationships. It’s amazing to think that when the incoming phone rings or email dings, potential buyers have already decided more than 60 percent of the time that they’re going to purchase based on information they’ve gathered themselves (Source: Association of Inside Sales Professionals.) Time to embrace the digital age. 1.0 leaders slow on the technology draw meet 2.0, the hyper-connected digital hands and feet. 2.0 meet 1.0. The two don’t add up to 3.0 yet, but it’s early in the game. Long or short field lies ahead, depending on your POV.