Can you feel it? Can you feel the shift that is happening in the world? It's happening culturally, economically, socially, and globally. There is a greater risk to doing things the same way than there is to shaking it up and opening to what is shifting right now. Disruption is everywhere – and that is a good thing. It's making way for the new creative genius that may be hiding in your organization waiting to emerge and be given the freedom to innovate radically. There is no virtue to playing it safe.
At a holiday luncheon I sponsored with non-profit leaders, Bob Ottenhoff, former CEO of Guidestar and current CEO and President of The Center for Disaster Philanthropy in DC posed an intriguing question that he himself had been asked. "Are you a 21st Century organization or are you a 20th Century organization?" This question generated much discussion about what it takes to be a 21st Century organization.
So what do you need to consider to be a 21st Century Leader and a 21st Century Organization?