Malcolm Gladwell has done it again. His new book Outliers is well worth the read and is already #9 of all books on the USA Today bestseller list. Outliers brilliantly challenges our assumptions about success. It makes my short list of stimulating reads about success. It is extraordinary for a growing a global perspective by learning new insights about success in other cultures. Gladwell again comes up with stimulating and surprising examples that are thought provoking and help develop our lateral thinking. It is a great book to inspire us to get better and rethink our level of play and effort. I was particularly moved by the concept that it takes 10,000 hours to master success and that hard work can overcome other disadvantages. Another unlikely insight I gained was about educating my grandchildren and helping them step up to the future. Well done Malcolm.
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Archive for November, 2008
Stephen Baum in a post in the Huffington Post, one of the most widely read blogs in the world, entitled Traits of a Leader: Obama challenges President Elect Obama to do Signal Acts. One of which will be to keep his promise to make his thinking visible, transparent, notwithstanding the need to keep some things confidential. It is crucial to bringing us all along and keeping the trust he has built. Stephen M.R. Covey has it rightThe SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything
The European Weekly in an article entitled The 2007-2008 crisis – a breakdown of trust?
|By Peter Gakunu, the IMF Executive Director for Africa, and a member of the Jury of the Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance, called the global financial crisis a breach of the public Trust.|
Stephen was interviewed for the Federal news radio today. Covey will join Federal News Radio’s In Depth with Francis Rose for an hour. Joining Rose and Covey will be Dave Wennergren, the Defense Department deputy chief information officer and one of the wisest people … and one of the most avid readers.
Our friend Paul Allen, an internet entreprenuer extraordinaire, quoted The Speed of Trust in a very interesting explanation of the power of referrals on his blog entitled The Power of LinkedIn and The Speed of Trust. Paul is one of the brightest minds we know and you will enjoy his insights on the potential of social networking from a marketing perspective.
In his first global interview since being elected, President Elect Obama told 60 minutes Sunday night: “We actually have a consensus among conservative leaning economists and liberal left leaning economists and the consensus is this that we have to do whatever it takes to get this economy moving again.”
I was encouraged to hear his recognition of trust as a core element to restore our global economy. Obama said:
“A top priority we have to restore a sense of Trust, transparency and openness in our financial system. Keep in mind the deregulation process, it wasn’t just one party I think there is a lot of blame to spread around.”
(You will remember a post last month where I quoted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s comments on CNN: “The most precious asset of all is something that if lost, can only be restored not by words, but by actions, that is the asset of Trust and confidence “ ) Glad Obama and Brown both seem to get it.
I also resonate with his statement of bipartisan responsibility for the problem. Obama continued:
“Our basic principle that this is a free market system and that it has worked for us that it creates innovation and risk taking is a principle we need to hold to as well. But what I don’t want to do is get bottled up in a lot of ideology, is this conservative or liberal, my interest is finding something that works and whether its coming from FDR or from Ronald Reagan if the idea is right for the times we are going to apply it.”
I applaud his assertion that the best idea wins. This alone can transform our leadership. As an American It has been embarrassing to watch our Congress and Senate under Bush and Clinton, bicker instead of influence and lead. The world is losing respect for our democratic free market system because of our poor example.
As Obama went on:
“I want to make sure that I can recreate a bond of trust between the Presidency and the public that I think has been lost.”
Finally he again appealed for synergy:
“There were a number of reasons that someone would not have voted for me, but what was absolutely clear was whether people voted for me or against me they were making the judgment based on, is this guy gonna lead us well. Is this guy going to be a good president.”
We all must behave our way out of the problems we have created in the economy by behaving with each other in ways that inspire trust. Our leaders can only be as good as the people they lead. Now that the election is over we must sustain our leaders. Let’s all take responsibility to rise to the occasion to be credible and act to inspire others in moments of trust to fuel a ripple effect for a global renaissance of trust.
(CBS News)” In an extraordinary moment in America’s history, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has won the 2008 presidential election and will become the 44th president of the United States and the country’s first African-American leader. ”
I resonate with the possibilities President Elect Obama represents and congratulate him on his historic victory. We challenge all to sustain our new leader and rise to the occasion to restore trust in ourselves and each other. This new Presidency offers us all a microcosm to observe the workings of a change of leadership. The same principles and challenges face new leaders in schools, companies and even the corner store. Let us all have a propensity to trust in our leadership.
Obama said it best: “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” he added.
“A new dawn of American leadership is at hand,” Obama said.
“Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state (Lincoln) who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.”
Today’s USA TODAY Thursday November 13th
In an section call THE FORUM
Cal Thomas a conservative columnist and Bob Beckel a liberal democratic strategist as longtime friends often can find common ground on issues that lawmakers in Washington cannot. Today’s biweekly series they entitled:
Words vs. Action
Bob: “He talks a good game but what’s he look like on the court? That’s essentially what the commentariat are asking when it comes to President Elect Barak Obama. He’s been the poster [child] for common ground, yet there is much hand-wringing about whether he’ll veer left. Anyone who thinks he’ll do so while ignoring the Republicans hasn’t been paying attention. Even the week before the election, Obama campaigned almost completely on the common ground theme with which he began his run for the White House. His eloquent speech in Grant Park in Chicago on election night was vintage bridge-building.”
Cal: ” As an American first, I sincerely hope you are right. It isn’t often I agree with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid–in fact, I can’t think of a single time–but I wholeheartedly endorse his summation of the main message from this election. “This is a mandate to get along, to get something done in a bipartisan way. This is not a mandate for a political party or ideology.” (more…)