Month: August 2018

Vision trumps leadership every time. No vision = No leadership. So who is steering the “ship of state”?

You can’t have leadership without vision. Leadership implies direction…that you know where you are going, and that you are going somewhere definite. And that is increasingly difficult for anybody to claim in today’s disrupted world. For any country.

How do you successfully lead a government, a team or an organisation through an environment of constant change, with challenges coming from everywhere?

And who are our leaders in this new environment? Where are our leaders? Do they even exist?

Politicians. CEOs. Pontiffs. Mayors. Chancellors. Generals?

In a disruptive environment, politicians aren’t actually leaders. They become managers. Managers of today’s problem. The immediate. Getting elected. The television interview. Remaining elected. The sound bite. Shooting from the hip. Reactive.

Not visionaries at all. Just managers. Itch scratchers.

Most CEOs aren’t leaders either. They are managers also. Managers of the next quarter bottom line. The board meeting. Institutional conformity. Groupthink. Risk aversion. Managers of yesterday. Not visionaries either.

You can’t have real leadership without vision and given all the disruption of the operational environment today, nobody has a clue where they are going.

It’s blundership not leadership.

Best guest. Lick a finger and hold it in the wind. Or read a horoscope.

In fact when you get right down to it, real leadership is as rare as unicorn s$%t, regardless of all the leadership courses that abound across the world.

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The most important issue we face as a society.

We are moving from a world of separation and disconnection into a joined up and collaborative world. Slowly.

The technologies of communication, connection and collaboration are connecting up individuals, companies, regions and even countries. Slowly.

Interconnection offers an additional power to the “power of one”. It offers the power of “shared value”.

If you are not familiar with shared value, watch Michael Porter, Harvard Business School – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jesEa_-Pgp8

Professor Porter has been promoting the concept of shared value since 2011, and the lights are finally going on.

What role should business have in society? In a joined up world, business can no longer just do its old thing. It has to do a new thing. It has to accept, contribute to and reinforce its place in support of every healthy and connected region, state, country and society. To help fix things. To find better ways to do things. To differentiate. To do strategy. And to make profit.

Together we can fix anything, by doing things differently. Because through connectivity, we can magnify and multiply the “power of one”.

We can transform disconnection into interconnection, separation into collaboration, and selfishness into sharing. The digital revolution is joining everything up. We just need to align our minds and our actions with the new opportunity.

Every day, there is ever more connection, collaboration and integration of devices and networks, and ultimately the human beings that use them. Us.

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Who are the “best of breed” manufacturers and services in Australia?

We’d like to know. And buyers across the planet would like to know too.

There are over 5,400 Australian businesses showcased in the RED Toolbox – https://theredtoolbox.org already but we would like to add more. So if you have a product or service that is “best of breed”, let us know and we will add your product or service to the database. And to the showcase.

The showcase in the RED Toolbox is the only shop window to the world for Australian products and services from all the states of Australia, and regularly receives visits from all over searching for anything and everything, at any time of the day or night.

It is easy to use – “3 clicks’ to find anything. But the more great Australian businesses we can include in the showcase, the more useful it is to exporters, importers, wholesalers, trade shows and events.

Visitors to the showcase come direct or through Google, as the result of a name search, or as result of a product search.

Visits come from event organisations searching for businesses to invite to trade shows, international conventions and exhibitions.

Visitors mainly search agriculture and food, regions, services, aerospace, machinery, medical, events and contacts. But every sector gets investigated.

So in response to visitor activity we are going to provide more search options, so those who want it simple can have it. And those who want more segmentation can have that too.

This is the practical area of the RED Toolbox.

Search and find. Showcase and engage.

But Groups in the Collaboration section of the RED Toolbox get just as much action from visitors as the showcase. For different reasons.

Collaboration. Updates. News. Sharing of ideas.

And this is another area we are now ready to expand and grow. The evolution of the RED Toolbox is organic, human, and more akin to gardening than architecture.

To see what Groups there are already, just sign up (free) and explore.

Groups are organised by sector, export, regions, issues, projects and events. So if you want to join a group you can. You may have to ask.

And if you want to start a group you can (small fee) – see the About page – https://theredtoolbox.org/index.php/about.

The objective here is to create your group and place it in the correct category, so that you can invite people into your group, but also participate in other groups within your chosen category – region, sector, issue, project or event.

“Virtual clusters”. So the benefits of being in a particular region can be optimised though sharing and networking between groups. Or the benefits of being in a common sector can be extended across regions, states and borders. Or the benefits of networking between sectors can be optimised as well. Across Australia.

We all have something to share. So businesses can use their group to focus on what they do, what they make, what service they can offer, and then use the umbrella groups as meeting places for broader discussion and sharing.

Community and privacy. The best of both worlds. And once you are signed up, all group updates come to you by email. Post and go. Share and go. We are all busy.

Making the best use of the platform needs consideration and a bit of effort, but not much. And by bringing leading businesses together into a collaborative framework, new things can happen, new relationships can be formed and the limitations of distance and politics we face in our huge brown land can be overcome.

We don’t have to be “ratshit at collaboration”.

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