It’s hard to write about political changes without talking about politics. It’s said that if you do not accept change yourself, you will be rendered irrelevant and eventually perish.
Change is one of the hardest processes to swallow, both as an individual and as a society that flourishes on the idea that what exists is right and shouldn’t be changed. Thought fixations define the reciprocal relationships between the various examples that we use to measure success, but they also make us forget that by doing so we build a wall around our creativity and innovation.
Some may disagree, but I stand by the fact that for the past 10 years the American economy as a whole, and Silicon Valley in particular, presented a slow yet constantly decreasing ability to innovate. Most companies (excluding some well-documented examples) have reached their “golden age” or, in other words, they got old, less observant, and full of bloated ego; but more importantly they became fragile. They are stuck in the loop of thought-fixation and to ease the pain they have surrounded themselves with rings and rings of regulations that are anchored in paper-based politics.
The current generation of C-Suites and politicians manage the world with a limited understanding and thereby under-utilise the potential of technological and societal changes in almost every arena. We live in an “expired social construct” — most of our eco-social constructs we have surrounded ourselves with (urban, medical, education, transportation and more) serve the limited model of yesteryears’ society and are therefore leaving us with decision patterns from days gone by.
“We are led by blind people who are blind to our blindness — we are being forced to sleep through the biggest change humanity has ever experienced.”
Ayn Rand’s idea that our knowledge and values are objective, shaped by the nature of realty to be discovered and used by one’s mind is a great way to look at businesses, society, politics and life. It’s not about what was, nor about what will be, but what is. By facing the current, we can silence the subjective voices and focus on the wishes themselves, rather on the tools to execute them. Changes are objective self-interest processes that we should use to fulfil our desires.
“Looking into the future, you can’t predict which groups will survive, it’s well known that many advanced groups eventually fade away.” – Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, 1859
While the 2020 US election will go down in the history books as one of the most controversial elections in history, it will also pave a path of lessons in marketing, transformation, segmentation and strategy.
John Locke said that government exists to serve its citizens, not citizens to serve it governments, and the government is obliged to secure life, liberty, and property. Thomas Jefferson did what every talented politician does and changed “property” with “the pursuit of happiness”.
The unfortunate reality is that many leaders have dismissed their responsibility for the future and have lost their appetite to think big. These heroes without vision are busy analysing and planning, while others are building for immortality. These heroes without vision, powered by siloed visions, are fragmenting our reality and building a new circle of ideological wars.
(r)Evolution can start with the simplest of ideas. We need to dream big dreams and believe in at least one. Da Vinci did.
In the current climate of blind leadership, we have to distance ourselves from the contradictions that the political situation is placing in-front of us and look at change as an opportunity to use our one mind, rather than continuing on the same path of “things we know that we know”. We must disconnect from the laziness and fear and build an infrastructure for new business models, new definitions of innovation and, most importantly, create a mind-set that will encourage coming changes.
We need to believe that the best solution to a problem is not hitting it with everything we have, but by viewing it from all possible angles. If something doesn’t work for its intended purpose, it might work for something completely different — that is the meaning of change.