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30 Apr 2010

3 Minutes on Leadership That Made Me Smile

You may have seen this before, but if not, here is an excellent 3 minute film from TED about leadership, which offers a wealth of insight, many of relevance to Transition…

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30 Apr 11:24am

Yes I had seen this video earlier, its simple and yet very powerful. On the topic of leadership you might want to see this video post by Vineet Nayar “the irrelevant boss”

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Adrian Hepworth
30 Apr 12:01pm

Excellent but what/who were they watching?

30 Apr 1:11pm

So cool Rob. It really does sum up leaders and followers, and of course, lone nuts!

30 Apr 1:37pm

Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Apr 2:48pm

30 Apr 4:59pm

I smiled too, but I wonder if for the same reasons. I also have a qualification for it- the speaker says the first follower is the one who makes it happen. Sorry. Not so. The irreplaceable one is the leader-what ALL leaders do, is go looking for that first follower. The leader has the option of looking again, and again, until the first follower is found. The opposite is not true.

Still – this is an excellent presentation for followers to hear… ๐Ÿ™‚

Ed Straker
30 Apr 8:41pm

I think this explains mob behavior, or fads. I think the problem is that this sort of groupthink can swing in both positive and negative directions. Think Tea Party radicalization, for instance. I’d like to think one can appeal to people rationally but this is normally not the case. It’s all about mob mentalities.

Andrew Ramponi
1 May 7:22am

The Leader

I wanna be the leader
I wanna be the leader
Can I be the leader?
Can I?I can?
Promise? Promise?
Yippee I’m the leader
I’m the leader

OK. What shall we do?

by Goger McGough

Budding leaders ask lots of questions it seems!

David Lyons
1 May 10:47pm

Thanks Rob – being at a low ebb with my initiative that was just what I needed….I do feel like the lone nut sometimes….


Judith N
2 May 3:27am

Sometimes the best leader is one who doesn’t intend to lead, but follows his or her heart and joy, inspiring others to open up to their own hearts and joys…..

Marcin Gerwin
3 May 7:35am

David, even though some Transition initiatives may not receive much attention from the local community now, they become very important when the crisis hits. See this story from Chile:

If you lay the foundations now, it will be easier to get things going in the future, as soon as people perceive the need for Transition ๐Ÿ˜‰

David Lyons
3 May 10:09pm

Marcia – thanks very much for that…I must look at that site more… In England we don’t get many disasters like that…but the severe flooding earlier in the year split the town of Cockermouth in two…and such events are likely to increase with more severe weather and ‘once in 100 years’ events happening more frequently.

My worry is that when hard times come my community will not go about transition in a sharing democratice communal way.. it will become a feudal system based on power.

I have had my allotment for 3 weeks now and have just completed my 3 raised bed…personal resilience!


4 May 4:27pm

I agree with Ed – it is simplistic to see this only in positive terms. The dynamics the speaker highlights (vis-a-vis the video) can also explain tendencies towards social conformity, groupthink, etc. In instrumental terms it might work for Transition, but…

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