My observation is that politicians waste a truck load of time, energy and money in so-called debate. The end result is often mediocrity (and more waste) because the eventual action is so watered down from the original proposal.
Why not test theories instead, have after-action reviews and then implement further?
In Australia right now there's "debate" about more tax cuts for companies with our Prime Minister and his side arguing such will lead to more investment and more jobs. This was the other major parties position too once. Of course now they are the alternative government and an election looms so they couldn't possibly agree with the government! Yes I'm sceptical of politics and increasingly becoming cynical.
How about in your business? Are you listening, testing and reflecting?
I love this Jeremy Rifkin documentary that you can watch yourself here.
I first posted about Jeremy's work 8 years ago here.
I also love The five pillars from Jeremy's 2011 book Third Industrial Revolution. These are:
"1) shifting to renewable energy; 2) transforming the building stock of every continent into micro-power plants to collect renewable energies on site; 3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies; 4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy-sharing intergrid that acts just like the Internet (when millions of buildings are generating a small amount of energy locally, on site, they can sell surplus back to the grid and share electricity with their continental neighbours: and 5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.”
— Excerpted from The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, by Jeremy Rifkin
While there's evidence of progress with the above they're a long way from reality.
We need a human revolution not another industrial one
The World Economic Forum were on about a fourth industrial revolution in 2016 which I thought was nonsense and said so in several posts. Rifkin and others pushed back on the idea believing we’re still to complete the third.
Despite my respect for Rifkin I hate the idea of further industrial revolutions.
I believe they are in the main a form of control by greedy old men and a whole bunch of technological people who are just as greedy (there are some exceptions)
I believe that unless we have a human revolution, digital, data etc will only bring grief (think Facebook/Russia influencing the last American election).
There's already trouble with many. Uber for example where clearly some people are earning under award wages
In all previous industrial revolutions despite the wonderful progress they brought people suffered and the scale this time is unimaginable.
David's use of engineering as a metaphor is compelling. Using accountancy or law would be equally compelling I reckon. A generation of CEO's have been engineers, accountants and lawyers. There's exceptions of course yet as a general rule there's a lack of understanding of people in these three disciplines.
Every problem/challenge in your world including your business is a human problem. The solutions are simple yet complex!
Who will you become? What will you do next?
Completing the following statements with your employees are a great place to start.
Our business solves the following human problems/challenges ...
Our solution/s embody the following characteristics of fully alive human beings ...