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Among the 10 guidelines I encouraged leaders to embrace were the two apparently conflicting behaviors to increase your involvement in the business while encouraging leaders to delegate more responsibility to trusted colleagues.
In the 1960s, 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults.
Concurrent with this phenomenon – or perhaps because of it – cultural change accelerated as the unprecedented size of this group and its members’ newfound power, abundance and willingness to challenge conventional thinking reshaped music, fashion, societal norms, education, politics and the workplace.
Some of this change was refreshing and helpful. Some was not.
At the time, differences between Boomers (an endearing term applied years later) and their more conservative parents were explained as The Generation Gap.
At the core of the generational differences was a belief codified as “Don’t trust anyone over 30.”
In the consulting firm I founded and led, we had the privilege of working with leaders at dozens of large, highly respected companies, including Avery Dennison, Burger King, Ericsson, Nextel, OGE Energy Corp., PepsiCo, TXU and Trammell Crow Company.
Comedian George Carlin was known for mixing observational humor with larger, social commentary.
His groundbreaking 1972 album “Class Clown” featured his most famous monologue, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” Carlin’s routine was aired by a radio station, caught the attention of the FCC and eventually wound up in the U.S. Supreme Court, where, in a 1978 5-4 decision, the high court ruled the FCC had the authority to prohibit such broadcasts (FCC v. Pacifica Foundation).
Regardless of what you think of Carlin’s brand of humor, the point is that Carlin spent a lifetime appreciating and poking fun at the power of words.
Words, after all, give voice to our thoughts. A thought that’s spoken then acted out produces a result. The result can be good. Or the result can be bad.
At a time when there’s still anxiety in the workplace, your colleagues are looking to you for leadership.
And at a time when what worked in the past, may not be working for you now, it’s time to bring a new view.