Values integrity: Leadership means keeping it real

Peter Jones Cultural innovation, Human Values, Transformation Design

One of the central distinctions in the US presidential election that I’ve seen is that of the candidate’s integrity with their stated and perceived virtues. Barack Obama has led an exemplary campaign, and unbiased observers (of which I cannot really claim to be) would notice that he has maintained a consistent focus on several distinct NEW values which have captured the imagination of millions. Barack redefines what it is to be a leader, by creating a new framing of venerable, even old-school values: Solidarity Doing good, serving everyone in the country Asking people to give their fair share And new values, or at least expressed wholly anew: We can transcend partisanship Hope = faith in ourselves Responsibility: We must grow up and handle the problems we have created as a nation. But he also “holds” integrity by making declarations that are not yet proven “true” in our experience. He claims …

Why is innovation NOT a US priority?

Peter Jones Business models, Cultural innovation, Innovation

Thomas Friedman’s Sunday NY Times article, which informed readers have already seen, raises this question. Why does the US continue to ignore innovation, particularly of the scientific kind, as a national priority? Why do the political conversations in the US continue to fall back on backwater cultural issues and divisive policy? Why does the war economy seem to be the most reliably financed of the innovation engines that Federal US taxes support? While we still have enormous innovative energy bubbling up from the American people, it is not being supported and nurtured as needed in today’s supercompetitive world. Right now, we feel like a country in a very slow decline — in infrastructure, basic research and education — just slow enough to lull us into thinking that we have all the time and money to play around in Tbilisi, Georgia, more than Atlanta, Georgia. How important is this issue? A …