Buildership, Leadership, “Boss—Ship” (From
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February 21, 2011

The Great Workplace 2.0 does NOT look like, act like, nor have the behavior of leaders that a “legacy” workplace has in place.

Maybe Jack Ricchiuto of Jack Zen, is on to something here: (Link to JackZen site below)

The power of buildership

What do these comparisons have in common?

  • Mahatma Gandhi vs Barack Obama
  • Nelson Mandela vs Sarah Palin
  • Mohammad Yunus vs Ben Bernanke
  • Matt Taibbi & Nick Kristof vs Tom Friedman & Maureen Dowd
  • Jacqueline Novogratz vs Wall Street
  • Evan Williams vs Bill Gates
  • Elinor Ostrom vs Econ 101

According to Umair Haque, they represent the difference between builders and leaders.

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Umair is Director of the Havas Media Lab and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business. He also founded Bubblegeneration, an agenda-setting advisory boutique that shaped strategies across media and consumer industries.

Here are examples of the powerful distinctions he proposes:

  • The boss drives group members; the leader coaches them. The Builder learns from them.
  • The boss depends upon authority; the leader on good will. The Builder depends on good.
  • The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The Builder is inspired — by changing the world.
  • The boss says “I”; the leader says “we”. The Builder says “all” — people, communities, and society.
  • The boss assigns the task, the leader sets the pace. The Builder sees the outcome.
  • The boss says, “Get there on time;” the leader gets there ahead of time. The Builder makes sure “getting there” matters.
  • The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The Builder prevents the breakdown.
  • The boss knows how; the leader shows how. The Builder shows why.
  • The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work a game. The Builder organizes love, not work.
  • The boss says, “Go;” the leader says, “Let’s go.” The Builder says: “come.”

So what model dominates your world and where are the shining stars of buildership? What opportunities do you have this week to be a builder?

Thanks Jack



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