Crossing the Chasm: Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change

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Presentation given in Sydney to the Women Chiefs of Enterprise International (#WCEI2011) on key change drivers affecting consumer values and business practice

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  • Here’s how the poet sees it
  • Here’s how the poet sees it
  • (NOTE: Instead of words – there will be images) Here is a reminder of the facets of our world that are literally in breakdown. You’ll be pleased to know that I won’t be going into any of them in detail – that’s for another day But as leaders of enterprise you need to be very aware of the scope and scale of the issues because this is your shared reality. We live on this blue marble planet called Earth together and we have no alternative but to ensure she is healthy. But as entrepreneurs our gift is to see opportunities where others see problems. In fact creating solutions to these problems is the biggest growth industry on the planet and we have reason to be hopeful. Humanity has the capacity to both destroy the conditions that would support a comfortable life for all and risks destruction and devastation on an imaginable scale but at the same time we do have the capacity to create an amazingly different future. It’s up to us. Anna – put blue marble in middle
  • Since the emergence of the Corporation some 350 years ago, it has been a given that the purpose of a Corporation is to generate returns to the shareholders. Not everyone agreed with that – including such luminaries as Henry Ford and Richard Branson A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business - henry ford……
  • The Stakeholder Model….
  • Crossing the Chasm: Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change

    1. 1. DRIVERS OF CHANGE Sustainability of People & the Planet Anna Pollock, DestiCorp Sydney, September 8 th , 2011
    2. 2. Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible Albert Einstein The challenge of leadership today is to look at seemingly hopeless situations with new eyes, to see possibility where others see none, to bridge the chasm of impossibility . John Renesch This decade is the first in history that offers the choice between being the last decade of a fading obsolete world or the first of a new and viable one. Ervin Laszlo
    3. 3. CROSSING THE CHASM Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change
    4. 4. CONGRATULATIONS!
    5. 5. THE GREAT ASSERTION!
    6. 6. Humanity is experiencing the biggest threat in its 2.6 Million year history Conscious entrepreneurs will determine whether we make it!
    7. 7. The future is disorder. A door like this has opened up only five or six times since we got up on our hind legs. It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew was wrong. Valentine in Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia
    8. 8. “ We are at that point of time when a four-hundred-year-old age is rattling in its deathbed and another is struggling to be born – with a shifting of culture, science, society and institutions enormously greater and swifter than the world has ever experienced…. Dee Hock, Founder of VISA and author The Birth of a Chaordic Organization
    9. 9. We are living through one of the most fundamental shifts in history – a change in the actual belief structure of western society. No economic, political, or military power can compare with the power of a change of mind . By deliberately changing their images of reality , people are changing their world. Willis Harman, Founder World Business Academy
    10. 10. CHOICE & CHANGE
    11. 11. “ Be the change you wish to see in the world” Gandhi
    12. 12. We ARE the change we are seeing in the world!
    13. 14. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
    14. 15. What does this crossroads signify for you? What does this crossroads signify for humanity? What does this crossroads signify for entrepreneurs?
    15. 16. Radical change Business as Usual? ?
    16. 17. To evolve? To grow? ?
    17. 18. DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHANGE Change Transformation VISIBLE THRU SENSES INVISIBLE, INTERNAL SURFACE DEEP MORE OR LESS BETTER OR WORSE LOCAL UNIVERAL INCREMENTAL, GRADUAL QUANTUM
    18. 19. Phase, Quantum or Step Change
    19. 20. Understanding “transformation” Trends Drivers Paradigms Organization, Structure Outcomes Culture Values Worldview
    20. 21. CHANGE AS BREAKDOWN?
    21. 22. Climate Change Unpredictablity Natural Hazards Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity Resource depletion: Energy & Minerals Food & Water Financial & Institutional System Population, Political & Social Stability
    22. 23. CHANGE AS BREAKTHROUGH?
    23. 24. Technology Science Educated Workforce Global Connectivity Rising Living standards, new markets (BRIC) Creativity innovation
    24. 25. BREAKDOWN OR BREAKTHROUGH?
    25. 26. Einstein figured it out “ The significant problems we face cannot be solved with the same level of thinking or consciousness we used to create them.”
    26. 27. In other words Change the lens through which you view the world
    27. 28. What’s causing this enormous planetary shift in perspective right now? How do I know it’s happening – it’s not on the 9:0pm news?
    28. 29. 1. Connectivity
    29. 30. 1. Connectivity led to Conversations Companies that don’t realise their markets are now networked person-to-person, getting smarter as a result and deeply joined in conversation are missing their best opportunity. 1999!
    30. 31. 1. Connectivity Relationships became more important than transactions
    31. 32. 1. Connectivity Power shifted from producer to customer
    32. 33. 2. LOSS OF TRUST Leading to Greater personal accountability
    33. 34. “ intangible economy” Intangibles – brand equity, human capital, intellectual property now make up 60-80% of the market capitalisation of public companies. Source NASDAQ
    34. 37. 3. Search for Meaning & Purpose Source: Edelman Good Purpose Study
    35. 38. 3. Search for Meaning & Purpose A transition from material want to meaning want is in progress on an historically unprecedented scale and may be the principal cultural development of our age Gregg Easterbrook: The Progress Paradox
    36. 39. 3. Search for Meaning & Purpose In 1989 there were more people aged over 40 than under and values shift as we grow older
    37. 40. 2. Search for Meaning & Purpose Twenty-somethings desire their work to be transformational, not merely transactional. Is this a paradox we see within our young generation? They can be self-absorbed and are used to getting their own way, but sixty-one percent of Generation iY say they feel personally responsible for making a difference in the world Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders
    38. 41. 3. Purpose Shapes expectations
    39. 42. 3. Purpose & Behaviour Source: Richard Barrett – The Values Centre & Cecara Consulting
    40. 43. 4. Humanisation of Business “ Well you know, I was a human being before I became a business man”. George Soros “ The idea that business is just about numbers is preposterous. I’m not good with numbers but I’ve done a reasonable job with feelings and it’s feelings that account for the success of Virgin’s brand’ Richard Branson
    41. 44. 4. Humanisation of Business 100% of employees are people 100% of customers are people 100% of investors are people It’s no longer share of wallet but share of heart Humanistic companies seek to maximize emotional value first, then experiential value, then social value knowing they lead to financial value
    42. 45. We Share a Common Home
    43. 46. 5. Community Source: Richard Barrett – The Values Centre
    44. 47. 6. Collaboration ” In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin Source: BBMG
    45. 48. 5. Collaboration Source: Richard Barrett – The Values Centre
    46. 49. Recession as Punctuation Point .
    47. 51. 7. Conscious Consumers
    48. 52. The Conscious Consumer Report, 2009, BBMG
    49. 54. 8. Conscious Capitalists <ul><li>Whole Foods </li></ul><ul><li>Southwest Airlines </li></ul><ul><li>Zappos </li></ul><ul><li>The Container Store </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon </li></ul><ul><li>Joie de Vivre </li></ul>
    50. 55. 8. Conscious Capitalism Source: The Conscious Capitalism Institute
    51. 56. 8. Conscious Capitalism Source: The Conscious Capitalism Institute
    52. 57. 8. Conscious Capitalism Source: Firms of Endearment
    53. 58. 8. Conscious Capitalism Source: The Conscious Capitalism Institute
    54. 59. 8. Conscious Capitalism Source: The Conscious Capitalism Institute
    55. 60. Conscious Companies Perform Better Source: Firms of Endearment
    56. 61. A ROADMAP or A KILLER APP FOR YOU!
    57. 62. Show you care!
    58. 63. 5. Community Source: Richard Barrett – The Values Centre
    59. 64. The Heart of Business People Community Stakeholders Personality Purpose Values Place Leadership Focus Passion
    60. 65. Be Inspired! <ul><li>Anna Pollock </li></ul><ul><li>www.desticorp.typepad.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.conscioustourism.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Email: annapollock@me.com </li></ul>

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