Guided Mastery with Richard David Hames
Do you ever wake up in the morning thinking there must be more to life than this? You are not alone. The context for understanding and organising society and its institutions has changed – and is continuing to do so. The speed of technological innovation, together with the restructuring of capitalism, the subsequent changing nature of democracy and the impact of entirely unforeseen global environmental and social priorities, has seen to that.
The industrial economic paradigm of the past three hundred years, in which the disciplines of management and leadership were largely forged, is rapidly giving way to an ecological paradigm. Enabled by digital networks and collaborative technologies, this new framework is shaping a global economy founded on entirely different laws and principles from its industrial forbears.
But these new laws also demand that we approach the task of shaping civilisation and its institutions with a new wisdom. Managing, organizing, learning, working and governing are all changing in quite fundamental ways – ways that would have been simply unimaginable barely a decade ago. The World Wide Web, electronic commerce, pervasive digitization and instant global communications are creating a networked society embedded within an experience economy.
Those of us who comprehend the principles of this new world, and are able to relinquish the knowledge and habits that brought us success in the industrial era, will flourish. Those that continue to obey the industrial axioms of the past, however, will become more and more frustrated before failure ultimately overtakes them.
The role of the leader and the ‘task’ of leading (as traditionally imagined within the industrial paradigm) has become obsolete and ineffective. Success in the past now means nothing.
Truly significant leaders move in an entirely different space – transcending ego, deeply conscious of systemic issues, able to consult, mediate, network and navigate. In particular, the significant leader possesses mastery in:
- The ability to ‘see’ what needs to be done at a particular time and the ramifications of doing it (or not doing it)
- The energy, courage and focus to undertake what needs to be done, and to collaborate with others to do it
- The capacity to create those conditions in which what needs to be done can be achieved with as little effort and as much freedom as possible.
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