For some time now, I’m really struggling with the way the current enterprise leaders and managers are keeping focus on established values. Let me be clear, I’m referring to the majority of Belgian companies and institutions.
More and more, as technology and the way we deal with it is evolving, I hear and read protectionism and despair. Is it related to the current financial uncertainty? Are we protecting our companies from a monster of Loch Ness, one that may surface one day (or not)?
If you look at the political situation in Belgium, I do see some similarities. Eight political parties around a table discussing for more than 400 days the way and the extent in which Belgium should be split (or not). Some cities in the world have more residents than our country and yet, they manage to manage them rather well.
Norway had it’s share of reality hit every civilian brutaly in the face and what happens? They all stand together, focussed in the same direction: forward!
Belgium, it’s government and it’s companies are vast asleep. I’m fearing the moment we get our wake up call because it will probably hit us hard. This country needs to set it’s mind on one important focus, innovation!
I do believe we have our share of people who can make a difference, in politics as well as business. These people are key in taking care of the way Belgium faces the future. They are the innovative engine that we need. But… as we still are a rather safe (conservative) country, we stick by the slogan: “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. Of course, in world evolution, this attitude will sooner or later take us in to palliative care .
My personal message: managers, politicians, reflect and decide to stay and innovate or to step aside and support a new generation of leaders. The ones who get driven by change, by major turnaround. We need to make calculated risks in this country! Support the ones who describe their dreams as feasible ideas. We don’t need people going for established values, we already have enough of those… we need to dream, design, create and believe.