Saturday, December 20, 2008


Burning platforms

There is a lot of media comment about how tough these troubling times will be for incoming President Obama. On the contrary, I imagine he's rubbing his hands with delight. As anyone who has initiated a change programme knows, the hardest thing is to create the general perception of a need for change, to get the molecules moving in the first place. When, as now, you have a very obvious burning platform, and the frog knows very well it is being boiled, then that big challenge of breaking the initial inertia has been removed. If Obama had come in to a thriving economy, full employment, and a sense that all was well with the world, just how real would the response to his call for change have been?


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