The devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria has been far beyond our imaginations. Communities have been completely destroyed and the rebuilding will be a long hard process. The lives lost cannot be measured in dollars and cents, and the emotional toll on families will never be forgotten.
When you are a leader your accountability is to all the people you lead not just those you desire to lead. We are accountable to people not to things, events or situations! If there has been any delay in the President of the United States responding to the people of Puerto Rico for reasons other than logistics we should think twice about how he is leading.
Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico are all U.S. territory. Puerto Ricans by law can move freely from the island to the mainland whenever they desire. They are American Citizens.
Anyone can lead when things are going great. The true test of the accountable leader comes when his or her people have a need. The people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have a need and that need is for their leader to stand up and speak words of encouragement and edification during this time when things look bad. All of America needs to hear the leader say, “We will come through this,” “We are all in this together,” “We will survive,” “Nothing will come between us.” The accountable leader knows that their real power is in their words and they choose those words carefully.
The accountable leader fully understands that he has a commitment to everyone he or she leads. The very name United States of America speaks to our ability to come together when our people are in need. And in time of crisis, we desire a leader who can unite.
Communities will eventually be rebuilt because of the resilient and compassionate attitude of the American people. The citizens of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico will do the work and the communities will come back stronger than ever before. Sometimes, we just need the leader to say, “It’s going to be okay.”
From humble beginnings as street performance in a small Quebec town in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has grown to become the world’s most diverse, and dynamic brand of creative performances. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, which is home to seven permanent Cirque productions, I caught up with Jay Guilford, who is the creative content strategist for their team building program, SPARK. SPARK helps big companies embrace some of the innovation and creativity that is at the heart of the Cirque du Soleil shows, albeit without some of the accompanying acrobatics of course.
Montreal, it turns out, is ground zero for some of the best and brightest in the emergent AI community. Look closely at the newly hired AI ranks at Google, Uber or Facebook and you will lots of expat Canadians. Now, a new company called Element AI, is working to help other companies apply the very same cutting edge deep-learning research to commercial problems from manufacturing to logistics. One of the co-founders of Element AI is JS Cornoyer, who also started Montreal Startup and Real Ventures. Catching up at his co-working digs in downtown Montreal, we spoke about the future of deep-learning, and the kinds of empathetic skills that will be prized in humans in a post-automation future.
Starting work in the nineties, I quickly discovered that professional mastery had a lot to do with your ability to manipulate complex Excel spreadsheets. Analysts crunched numbers, programmers cracked code. These days, 21st century companies are trying to do the exact opposite – putting the power to create software and automate activities, in the hands of people closest to the work. Rick Willett, CEO of Quickbase, is one of the people leading this no-code revolution. Formerly at GE, and now focused on reinventing enterprise collaboration, we spoke about the future of work and the power of algorithmic decision making.
There are many mistakes that leaders make that undermine their leadership and influence. Most of them are based in self-interest, ego and apathy, but there is one common mistake that destroys leadership on a regular basis.
Too many leaders are guilty of hypocritical expectations – meaning they expect their people to behave one way and exempt themselves from the same expectations…. Read the full post here!
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