Think outside the building

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

'Institutions are ineffective at addressing problems because such issues don't limit themselves to one area.' Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

In her latest book #ThinkOutsideTheBuilding Moss Kanter makes a compelling argument for leaders to expand their networks & exposure to thinking & experiences beyond their company.

Her key thesis paraphrased above is that the biggest problems we face sprawl across companies, communities & national borders, ignoring the divisions among industries, organizations & professions.

As such most leave the big problems alone, or they tinker ineffectively around the edges. But as Peter H. Diamandis says 'the world's biggest problems are the world's biggest business opportunities'.

For this reason "advanced leaders see & tackle problems that are intractable precisely because no one really knows exactly what to do or what the direction is.”

One way 'advanced leaders' do this is by reaching beyond their existing connections to build a support network of allies across multiple sectors.

In my experience very few people are gifted or make the time to build their network. Fortunately today it is easier than ever to do so.