Friday 24 July 2015

Reach shared-view and then let the people get on with it

The following would be (and may become) key points in a letter to political leaders in my country (Australia).

Ladies and Gentleman (particularly)

Please stop debating ideology. Instead debate ideas. Please stop petty point scoring and playing the blame/shame game. Instead respect each other (and show it) as the one-of-a-kind human beings that you are. Stop avoiding policy making because it may risk your re-election. Make the hard decisions even if it means you lose an election. Put aside party politics and stand up and be counted by reaching a shared-view together and then let the people get on with it.

We need a shared-view (where we are, where we're going and the other 5 areas above) about

1) Fully embracing renewable energy industries, and the phasing out of fossil fuels and electricity companies
2) Properly funded research and development of other emerging and new technologies
3) Properly funded health care
4) Properly funded aged care
5) Self-funded retirement, assisted retirement, pension schemes
6) Fairer consumption tax and reduction of company and personal income tax
7) Education systems that enable creativity to flourish, actually prepare people for life, and prevent radicalisation of any kind from even being thought about
8) Immigration policy and practice that treats everyone with human dignity and that allows people to integrate into our society and keep their heritage, without feeling the need to impose it on others
9) Non fear driven national security policy and practice that keeps citizens safe yet allows true freedom of speech and the sensible debate of ideas
10) Building of infrastructure based on current and future needs without serving the self-interest of those who build it
11) Redesign salary packages for politicians that mean you get paid more and yet cost the people less

What would be your top 11 for Government to focus on?

If I was writing to you about the top 11 challenges you need a shared-view about in your business what would they be?

I'd like to know what they are too. Please email

"In business, reengineering, restructuring and ‘re-everything’ have exhausted people – and they didn’t get us to a brighter, shinier future anyway. The breakout of any deadlock is creativity. The more unremarkable brands get, the more valuable ideas become.

Cultures that have the most ideas are best placed to win, because creativity has unreasonable power. Ideas have reframing power, talking power and sharing power. Old world power, scale and money have been eclipsed by the velocity of ideas."

Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and Head Coach of Publicis Groupe, in the Loyalty Beyond Reason Red Paper, April 2015. You can download the paper here.

Be remarkable.

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