How to lead when those you serve aren't interested in thinking. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Let's be honest. A good portion of people really aren't thinking about higher ideas or a more perfect union or the betterment of humanity. Their base line is "how am I and my children going to eat today?" That thought in itself is noble, but if it is the ONLY focus, it can be very difficult to create a society that addresses the core issue of why you and your children are hungry in the first place. Indeed, trending reports show that in the US and other countries around the world show our populations are drowning in a sea of information but less wiser (the application of knowledge) or smarter (the understanding of data and what it means). Here are some of those reports.
This report suggests future election cycles in the US will be problematic: https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/new-reuters-poll-proves-many-americans-cant-think-themselve...
There is disturbing evidence that people everywhere (from the US, to Norway to Japan) are getting dumber....https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/we-are-all-getting-dumber-new-science-proves-no-one-is-sure-why...
Some, of course, are blaming our drop in intelligence on technology.....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mr-personality/201305/is-technology-making-us-stupid-and-sma...
If you saw the movie "Idiocracy" and compare it to current governments, you've got to be concerned....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/caveman-logic/201107/idiocracy-can-we-reverse-it
There are several things I think leaders need to understand to be more effective in this unprecedented time.
1. Don't beat people over the head with facts. Show them what end result you are seeking.
2. Organize your ideas so that a five year old will understand. This is not to insult your audience, but to recognize in a world of information overkill, the more simple an idea, the better it can be managed.
3. Keep the big picture to yourself, but drill down on the individual parts with those you lead.
4. Encourage people to read more. Reading has an effect on the brain different than osmosis via television or computer screens.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org