Rosabeth Moss Kanter, “Enduring Principles for Changing Times”, Longnow Foundation, 2007/11/09

Rosabeth Moss Kanter is well known amongst business academics for her research into organizational change.

To characterize America’s current winter of discontent she quoted Woody Allen: “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” Panic leads to abandoning principles, and that is how successes end.

Kanter commends three principles in particular for renewal of the faltering American enterprise…

* Open minds. In the clash between orthodoxy and creativity, opt for the spirit of discovery and progress.

* Higher purpose and sense of meaning.

[…]One example she knows from her own consulting work is IBM. Shortly after the new CEO Sam Palmisano took over in 2002, he instituted an online “ValuesJam” with 300,000 employees. [….]

* Common ground. Inclusiveness and shared responsibility is a particularly American principle first noted and celebrated by Alexis de Tocqueville. It is reflected in Bill Clinton’s observation, “Big government is being replaced by big citizens.”

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