Deloitte & Touche Keynote Sep04


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This keynote was for the partners and senior managers of Deloitte & Touche, as part of their Milestone leadership [GEMS] program

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Deloitte & Touche Keynote Sep04

  1. 1. The Leadership Imperative Sam Swaminathan
  2. 2. Change <ul><li>There was no change in global GDP for 1000 years, except during the last 100 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation came from the village banker, barber, bishop, blacksmith, and butcher. </li></ul><ul><li>Suddenly, the density of connections has grown and so the range of ideas has grown too. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Current Realities <ul><li>Globalization has blown open protected markets </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet has made mortar feel like millstones </li></ul><ul><li>A Cambrian explosion of new competitive life forms </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The distance between what we can imagine and what we can accomplish is narrowing relentlessly. Dreams and reality were never so near! </li></ul><ul><li>Francis Fukuyama is dead. Long live Fukuyama. We now possess the power to interrupt history. Don’t let the future catch you flat-footed. </li></ul>The Current Realities
  5. 5. <ul><li>Schumpeter’s gales of creative destruction have become a hundred thousand hurricanes. </li></ul><ul><li>Collapse of Communism New World Order </li></ul><ul><li>Birth of Internet New Economic Order </li></ul>The Current Realities
  6. 6. Japan’s Imperialism <ul><li>The gift to the Sun Goddess </li></ul>Sinshu No Jingi
  7. 7. Japan’s Imperialism <ul><li>The gift to the Sun Goddess </li></ul>Sinshu No Jingi Muscle Money Mind
  8. 8. Organizational Evolution Muscle Money Mind Agricultural Age Industrial Age Information Age
  9. 9. Money Vs Mind <ul><li>T he fact that we were entering the information economy was announced in 1991, when capital spending on information technology [$112 B] surpassed capital spending on production technology [$107 B] in the USA. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Money Vs Mind <ul><li>Money is subtractive </li></ul><ul><li>Mind is additive </li></ul><ul><li>Mind = Knowledge </li></ul>
  11. 11. Intellectual Capital <ul><li>“ Tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abraham Lincoln </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ We can’t wait for evolution: three million years to grow a lung, another twenty to learn to walk upright, sixty more to grasp a spear, ten more to light a fire.” – Peter Senge </li></ul><ul><li>We need to speed corporate evolution. </li></ul>Internet Time
  13. 13. The donning of computer clothing by modern man is no less significant then the donning of outer clothing by the Paleolithic – Timothy Leary knowledge work
  14. 14. Knowledge Work <ul><li>How good are you? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will vouch for it? </li></ul>
  15. 15. We live in… <ul><li>THE AGE OF AMBIGUITY </li></ul><ul><li>The more complex the environment becomes, the more ambiguous life becomes. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Who do you learn from? <ul><li>How many biographies did you read in the last 3m, 6m, 9m, 12m? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is your mentor? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have one? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Key Drivers <ul><li>Passion & Purpose </li></ul>Not Political or Positional Power
  18. 18. The Network Is The Future
  19. 19. DC 3
  20. 20. Best Quality Leaders <ul><li>Enormous energy and passion for the job – a real leader – sees it operationally – not as a ‘staffy’. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to execute, energize and mobilize the organization around the benefits of action – not a bureaucrat. </li></ul><ul><li>Understands it is all about customers and upping the bottom line. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Has a very good grasp of quality, which is equal to, or bettered by, strong financial background and capability. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a real edge to deliver bottom line results and not just technical solutions. </li></ul>Best Quality Leaders
  22. 22. Key Leadership Ingredients “ E 4 ”= <ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Energizer </li></ul><ul><li>Edge </li></ul><ul><li>Execution </li></ul>Values and Performance Critical to Success
  23. 23. “ E 4 ” Energy = Enormous Personal Energy - Strong Bias for Action Key Leadership Ingredients
  24. 24. “ E 4 ” Energizer = Ability to Motivate and Energize Others ... Infectious Enthusiasm to Max Organization Potential Key Leadership Ingredients
  25. 25. “ E 4 ” Edge = Competitive Spirit ... Instinctive Drive for Speed/Impact ... Strong Convictions and Courageous Advocacy Key Leadership Ingredients
  26. 26. “ E 4 ” Execution = Deliver Results Key Leadership Ingredients
  27. 27. “ E 4 ”= <ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Energizer </li></ul><ul><li>Edge </li></ul><ul><li>Execution </li></ul>= Passion Key Leadership Ingredients
  28. 28. 7 STEPS TO LIFELONG LEARNING <ul><li>Write your resume today. </li></ul><ul><li>Give it to a headhunter, and find out what you may be worth in the talent market. </li></ul><ul><li>Compare this with what you are being paid today. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are getting more, worry yourself to death. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are getting less, feel happy – you are safe. </li></ul><ul><li>After 6 months, write your resume again. </li></ul><ul><li>If both resumes are similar, know that you will soon be history. </li></ul>
  29. 29. DISTINCTIFY… OR DIE! <ul><li>“ If there is nothing very special about your work, no matter how hard you apply yourself, you won’t get noticed and that increasingly means you won’t get paid much, either.” — Michael Goldhaber, Wired </li></ul>
  30. 30. ARE YOU… <ul><ul><li>Committed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determined to make a difference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passionate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irrational about your life’s project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ahead of your time / Paradigm buster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impatient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Driven </li></ul></ul>?
  31. 31. <ul><li>“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John.F.Kennedy </li></ul>Escape from your concepts prison
  32. 32. <ul><li>Seize the Opportunity offered to you, and run with it. Hope to live till you are five hundred! </li></ul>And, finally… LEAVE A LEGACY!!
  33. 33. <ul><li>Brought to you by </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Swaminathan </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Creative Thinking </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  34. 34. Thank you