From our Friday noon memo #5:
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the zenith of the peaceful grass roots revolution in Germany.
Twenty years later, what does it teach us, as citizens and business professionals?
- Don’t live in a dream world. Change can happen as unexpectedly as it did in 1989.
- Adapt changes early. Don’t wait until the trouble arrives.
- Streamline people’s energy: a strong sense of great purpose and a set of common values enable them to act together with unprecedented effectiveness, undertake the impossible, and literally break the walls.
All this, and the last point in particular, cannot be truer for organisations. As Peter Drucker said: “Most people need to feel that they are here for a purpose, and unless an organisation can connect to this need to leave something behind that makes this a better world [...], it won’t be successful over time.” Any wall can simply fall.
Till next time. Natalia
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