Archive for November, 2016

We’ve been Trumped… or Brexit pt II

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

It seems there is something in the air, both the British rank & file, and the masses in the USA were persuaded to vote for the unknown, because they know they hate what they have. Both votes are a leap into the unknown. No one knows where Brexit leads, or even how to do it. The biggest super power in the world is now being lead by a political outsider, with no experience of of either politics or the military.

I have said it before, discontinuous change can be a very powerful tool for good, but it requires leadership and vision. When you are in the middle of the jungle, someone has to know where you are going and how to get you there.

Like it or not, the Americans have voted for a leap into the unknown, the world stock markets have plunged and the rest of us will go along for the ride…

Brexit: a step into the unknown

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

I voted against this as did most of the people I talked to about it. It always felt less risky and I instinctively felt I’d rather be in the club and influencing it than outside and hoping. However, as nation, that is not the choice we made. Whether it was smart, and whether those who voted for leaving actually realised what they were unleashing is immaterial. We have taken this bold step into the unknown.

Sometimes either as a person or as a business leader you may feel that you need to take this bold step into the unknown. It is scary, you forfeit control, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Discontinuous change is a powerful weapon for bringing about change. If you don’t like where you are, if you know that you can’t get what you want by staying on your current track, then doing something different is not only an option, it is probably the only option.

About 20 years ago I left a relatively safe job in a big multinational to start my own business, this business. I knew I’d never get what I wanted within that system, so I bailed. Luckily it worked. I was able to do something I loved, fed my family and not have to play the corporate game.

Brexit may or may not be a great move for the British, but the fact that we are facing all manner of unknowns and can clearly see all sorts of risks, does not necessarily mean that it is wrong.