The need for creative leader development is one of the most important and hottest emerging trends in business. A few weeks ago, I completed a new book on creative leadership development that will hit the international book market by the end of this year. The book introduces a proprietary creative leadership development method named Genius Journey to the world, which I have developed for and commercially market via my innovation company Thinkergy (www.thinkergy.com/genius-journey/).
In my upcoming business book, I am going to share with my readers a powerful framework and related exercise toolkit that can reconnect them with their inner genius, and can transform efficient, numbers-oriented managers and executives into authentic creative business leaders. Why do I do it? Why did I create this method and wrote a book and related workbook? Why do I share 88 exercises with a very wide readership in my upcoming book, instead of limiting this powerful know-how to a small group of privileged senior executives whom I could charge a lot of money for these contents?
The need for creative leadership
I believe that mankind is at a critical crossroads where we need to evolve to a new level thinking. We need to switch the dominant paradigm that we use to run this world from a competitive, Ego-driven world of scarcity to a cooperative, Self-driven world of abundance. We need to move to a higher level of consciousness to creatively and ethically address some fundamental challenges that we face as a species now and in future. What are some of these challenges?
- The sustainability challenge:
How to rise to the sustainability challenge? How to deal with the fact that at the moment, we consume 1.6 times of the resources that our planet can naturally redistribute at the cost of future generations and other species? How to change the greed for more resources against the prediction that by 2030, we need a second earth to satisfy our greed for more resources, and by 2050, we even needed a third planet if nothing changes? How to start consuming and sharing the available resources fairly and sustainably? How to create win-win-win-win-win solutions where I win, you win, everyone wins, the environment wins, and future generations win?
- The financial system challenge:
What if the global financial system collapsed? Well, it nearly did in 2008, and since not much has changed since, it is likely to do so in future. So how to respond to the challenge that the global financial system that has become so vast, fast and complex that it cannot be controlled anymore by regulators and supervisory institutions? Were no one really can accurately understand, model and contain the latent risks given the vast number of interdependent variables? How to deal with the rising debt mountain that many governments, companies, and private households continue to accumulate with decreasing likelihood to ever been able to service and fully repay it? How to stop or contain the aftermath of a likely collapse of the global financial system and the world economy?
- The labor challenge:
How to distribute and compensate work fairly and mindfully in a world where more and more jobs get automated? Where many people lose their work to computers, machines and robots while other people get forced to work more and more hours and be available and on call 24/7? Where many young job starters don’t find work while many older employees are asked to work more years before being able to retire?
- The aging population challenge:
How to respond to the challenges of aging societies? Where in many countries, close to 40% of the population will be older than 65 years in 20-30 years from now? Where elderly people that don’t want to —but often will be— living in poverty and want to be —but often won’t be— well cared for by the rest of the society?
- The climate change challenge:
How to respond to the challenges imposed by climate change that affect our lives and business? How to respond to the rising occurrence of increasingly extreme weather phenomena, such as super-hurricanes and typhoons, floods and droughts, among others? How to respond to predictions of many scientists that large landmasses and even entire countries might be lost to the rising sea levels?
- The singularity challenge:
What if mankind would not be on top of the evolutionary pyramid? What if intelligent robots and supercomputers would overtake humans as most advanced species? Futurists such as Ray Kurzweil predict that by the year 2100, this may well happen. Some experts think that technological singularity — the point at which artificial smarts can match, and then overtake, human intelligence — might even happen within the next two decades. “The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots”, noted Erich Fromm. And if you see how many people have become zombified and go through their daily lives enslaved by the virtual worlds of their mobile devices, we may even be on a self-destructive path to become both slaves and robots in one.
Clearly, mankind has to resolve a long list of important challenges in the coming decades — and the above listed points are by no means complete. Ask yourself: What other major challenges that fundamentally affect the well being of most men and species on this planet are missing on my list and should be added from your perspective? In two weeks from now, we will discuss why I believe that creative leadership is one of the answers to help mankind rise to the occasion.
© Dr. Detlef Reis 2014. This article was published in parallel in the Bangkok Post under the same title on February 13 2014.