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The Real Problem

The tumultuous times we live in have inspired many to rethink the meaning of being leaders and team members in the 21st century. But are we focusing on the right problem?

Bill Fox
Apr 2, 2022
2 min read
The tumultuous times we live in have inspired many to rethink the meaning of being leaders and team members in the 21st century. But are we focusing on the right problem?
— Cutter Consortium, an Arthur D. Little community

It seems like almost every business-related article or book published in recent times reminds us how much the world has changed and how fast it's changing.

In fact, pick up any recent book having to do with business and you'll find complete chapters describing in excruciating detail what we already know.

Do we really need to be reminded?

No, we don't.

In fact, this focus on change is keeping us from focusing on the real problem.

This past week, the Cutter Consortium posted this update on social media on their reaction to my most recent article published in the Amplify journal:

What's the real problem?

Here's more on my take on the real problem:

"The real problem isn’t our tumultuous world, rapid change, and a global pandemic. The real problem is that we’re accustomed to living and working based on Industrial Age thinking and practices."

"When everything is changing so quickly, things like command-and-control leadership, managing change, best practices, working harder, or even working smarter are no longer enough. Worse, they keep us stuck in the past."

"We have been unknowingly programmed by our parents, schools, society, and the media on how to think, live, and work in a world that no longer exists. Today’s ever-changing world requires us to enter into a quest to transform ourselves and learn new ways of living and working together that elevate everyone."

Do you agree?

I invite you to reply and let me know what you think.

— Bill

P. S. You can register right here for our next workshop where we'll explore this topic further: SpaceB Workshop on The Inner Journey, April 6, 2022.

Bill Fox
I believe today’s ever-changing world requires each of us to enter into a quest to transform ourselves and learn new ways of living and working together.

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