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Not mad after all

Phew…So I’m not mad after all.

I wrote a section in the book Seven Secrets of Inspired Leaders that came across as slightly unhinged. I was trying to make a point about the death of geography in global business. Now that you can be everywhere at once, we have to reframe global business leadership, stop thinking in terms of ‘import’ and ‘export’ of ‘here’ and ‘there’. As Gertrude Stein said about the Midwest, “There is no there, there.”

It was an obscure but important point – that too much global business thinking is still framed in terms of self and other – but I was struggling to make the point clearly and simply (I still haven’t made it as clear as it should be, even trying again here…).

So I used star-gazing to explain how you can be everywhere at once (thanks to internet, intranets etc.). The star you look at at night is actually part of you because matter from it has been converted into light which is hitting the back of your eye and is being absorbed into your body. Wherever you think you are, you are at the centre and connected to everywhere else.

I still cringe when I read that passage again. So, what a relief today to find a new book has just been published by a cosmologist and a philosopher of science saying something very similar.

It’s called View From The Centre Of The Universe. We are, in many ways, at the centre of the Universe, it says, and the principles that govern the Universe run through the fabric of our being. Kind of what I was trying to say about global business to help break us out of out-dated models for doing business with the rest of the world. I think.

More evidence that I’m saner than I thought on this link >>>

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