jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

Fighting the system

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature."

- Thoreau

How often do you hear people, i.e. bosses, talk about the "war on talent"?

Study after study says it's the biggest issue (headache) for companies.

But to what extent is the so-called war based on finding people who are different? Not just better versions of you -- harder working, smarter or more innovative -- but, rather, those people who are willing to question the entire purpose of the business, or, more particularly, its impact on the natural world.

I have shared before the wonderful, inspiring talk of Mac Macartney entitled the Children's Fire. Prima facie, if every business put the Children's Fire at the heart of its endeavours, imagine the impact on the world. But, of course, I'm well aware that without a realisation by leaders and managers (and followers) that this is the only way to deliver a sustainable, meaningful business offering, it's going to be no more than another inspiring talk. But it's axiomatic that if it's so difficult to find the right people, perhaps it's time to consider if the offering needs to be imbued with something more than the usual profit imperative.

My guess is you might still lack a pool of exceptionally gifted devotees, but the ones who do beat a path to your door are not only going to make a massive impact in your business, but they may just change the world for the better.

The Children's Fire -- let that be your guiding purpose for the coming year.

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