One of my observations from the recent Australian Federal election where the Government only just maintained a majority in the lower house and needs 9 votes in the upper house from misaligned cross-benchers to pass it's legislation, the Brexit vote, and the rhetoric in the American election, is that there's an expectation by a perhaps a quarter of the population, and a minority of politicians, that Governments are responsible for solving our biggest problems.
I believe such thinking is not only naive, it actually stalls our progress towards overcoming the great challenges that we face as a human race.
We need Governments yet only when they're working in collaboration with people and the myriad of groups that we belong to.
There's a parallel to all this in business.
A lot of people I meet believe solving the big problems is the domain of leaders and managers.
Nothing could be further from the truth of course.
Who is solving the big challenges in your business?
"I thought someone should do something, and then I realised I was someone."
John F. Kennedy
In a airport yesterday I bought this book. I haven't put it down since.
It's a great example of what's possible when people become accountable and don't leave solving our biggest challenges to somebody else.
More about the book and the thankyou movement here.