Ries is, at every turn, measured and rational in this book. But his overall style truly succeeds in making the reader feel that the heavy weight of the status quo of big companies can be lightened as those managing those companies become more enlightened. Were the world to believe in entrepreneurship as deeply as some believe in traditional religions, it’s just possible that this new year could change jobs and companies, people and societies, leaders and followers.
“So we must be careful. We must be careful that our humanity is not swamped by the digital revolution. I thought, maybe we should need a charter for humanity that people can hang onto as they organise their corporations. And I thought, that’s not enough. Actually, we need a cultural revolution. We need to rethink how businesses, particularly, but all organisations are actually run. And why they are run. And what is the purpose of business.” (Charles Handy)
Global needs. I find very few who are willing to view their own businesses via that unique lens. And while there are companies dedicated to such a point of view, not that many corporations are willing to think along these lines.
The notion of getting out in front of change and using it as a catalyst for reorienting, first, your company and, eventually, an entire industry may seem daunting, but it is absolutely essential to leadership.
Saving the world, one video game at a time. Sound unbelievable? According to Rachel Ament from NPR several indie game developers are hoping to do just that. And yet, Ament rightly asks: “Does the impact of these ‘games for good’ reverberate off-screen?”
So, what is the city’s game plan? Already, Dubai has made a $14 billion investment to establish a 5,000-megawatt solar panel network that will provide 25 percent of the city’s needed electricity, says Blum. City leaders are also actively imagining a future defined by innovation: bio-desalination, robotically maintained indoor farms, even flying cars. Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Al Gergawi frames Dubai’s vision: “We need to think faster, and we need to reinvent every single product.”
The advent of more technology will mean that every business will have to go through some stormy weather. As we move to new technological platforms, the journey will test the strength of leadership wisdom and resolve. My advice? Make sure you don’t leave behind the umbrella of human learning.