Friday, February 5, 2010

DiigoNotes - Get Ready To Be a Changemaker

Why do closed products--like the iPod Touch, Windows with Active Directory--fit so well in schools? For the simple reason that a small elite runs everything. The vision of command and control in school districts has to change. We need to enable people to be changemakers....

Great article to read in its entirety!
    • Get Ready To Be a Changemaker

    • a huge productivity gap opened between the private sector and the public sector, with the latter characterized by low performance, dismal pay, and low self-esteem.
    • We are transitioning from a world in which a small elite runs everything to a world in which everyone needs to be a player. Don't take our word for it. Look around you. Which organizations, cities, and institutions are leading the pack? Where are the smart and capable people migrating?

      Fifty years ago, Detroit was the symbol of American ingenuity and prosperity. Henry Ford and his small group of managers did all the thinking and told everyone else what to do. This command-and-control approach works in a relatively static world where most tasks are repetitive — such as building cars on an assembly line. It does not work in today's fast-paced, change-is-the-name-of-the-game world; and it will not work tomorrow.

    • Compare once-powerful Detroit to Silicon Valley. There, people recognize that the most powerful thing in this new world is a good idea in the hands of a capable entrepreneur. Companies like Google and Apple are attracting great thinkers and doers — not because they promise to tell their employees what to do but precisely because they pledge to give them the autonomy to do what they are best at and to act as critical players no matter their position in the organizational structure. There, anyone and everyone can be a changemaker.
    • To be effective in this new world, you will need to master the skills of empathy and teamwork, as well as leadership and driving change. You will need to know how to function in a world that is not a hierarchy but a kaleidoscopic global team of teams, with no boundaries between sectors and change that happens at an escalating pace.
    • Bill Drayton is the founder, chairman and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Since 1980, Ashoka has helped social entrepreneurs develop, share, and scale their ideas. Valeria Budinich leads Ashoka's worldwide efforts to forge profitable alliances between private companies and citizen-sector organizations.

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