THE ESSENTIAL LEADER AND THE RISE OF ASIA
Daniel Augusto Motta
Increasingly intense schedules, short time frames and information abundance have favored superficial knowledge in the form of learning pills on myriad subjects. This certainly does not promote a more holistic view and deeper knowledge of the major competitive environment factors impacting performance and, in some cases, the very survival of the organization.
Paperbacks and Wikipedia can be excellent tools to talk about a million things for hours, but they hardly help with deeper knowledge about any particular subject, even for just a few minutes. We look for practical knowledge that can be summarized and immediately applied. We want wisdom pills, but without developing abstraction abilities and integration to literature, music, sociology, philosophy, anthropology and psychology. There are no shortcuts… Competitive environment analysis starts inevitably with the evaluation of macroeconomic environment trends. More than on short-term economic indicators (interest rate charts, foreign exchange rates, inflation, economic activity, unemployment rate, nominal deficit,) the Essential Leader must be focused on long-term vectors which, for their part, affect those same short-term indicators. Nowadays, these forces include the Eastern economic resurgence, urban decentralization of wealth, integrated risks and full globalization.
Western minds have a hard time understanding Eastern peculiarities. We grow up believing in the supremacy of Western Empires, with their mythological leaders, from the Macedonian Empire to the British Empire, and the North American Empire in the 20th Century. As kids, we are taught about Feudalism, Absolutism, Renaissance and Enlightenment in much more detail than what is used to explain the rise and fall of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as the Persian, Turkish, Ottoman, German and Austro-Hungarian empires. We idealize revolutions like the Protestant Reformation, the Glorious Revolution and the French Revolution, as well as wars such as the Hundred Years’ War, Napoleonic Wars, WW I and WW II.This content is for members only. If you have a membership, please log in. If not, you can definitely get access! Our membership plans.
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