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)
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.
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?