Later this morning, I’m looking forward to talking to thousands of young Australians who’ll be meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre to discuss the subject of LEADERSHIP.
The Halogen Foundation organises these meetings around Australia–National Young Leaders Days. Students attend from government, Catholic and private schools. Many travel from the country and remote areas.
So, how do you discuss the subject of LEADERSHIP, in a meaningful way, in 20 minutes with an audience of 2000 young people?
I’ll try to leave them with just one idea to focus on and that will be the concept of ESCAPE.
Thinking is the skill of leading yourself, and Leadership is the skill of helping others to lead themselves. And, the most difficult feat in thinking is to ESCAPE from your current point-of-view.
• In science and technology we have to escape from old ways of looking at things and experiment with new ways.
• In business we have to escape from last year’s results and come up with much better results for this year.
• In sport we have to escape from previous ‘personal bests’ and past competition results and produce even better results.
• In education, we can’t teach students to use Green Hat thinking unless we can first teach them how to escape from Black Hat thinking.
It’s all about ESCAPE.
The problem is that at school we are mostly taught–through the traditional RIGHT/WRONG system–not to escape from our opinions but to defend the rightness of our point-of-view, to get the ‘RIGHT’ answers and to avoid ‘MISTAKES’. This has made us fearful of change, innovation, experiments, risk, and of escaping from ‘right’ ways of doing things.
But, at this morning’s big meeting if we are going to be talking about LEADERSHIP then we will be talking about ESCAPE.
For more on ESCAPE click through to the 59 Second Course on Thinking …