Doug Vining Chen Guangcheng agrees

Chen told an audience in New York that it is becoming impossible to escape the scrutiny of the public, even in China:

He said the era of cover-ups of illegal behavior, or uneven enforcement of the law, by government officials is fast coming to an end. Modern-day communications systems, he said, simply make it impossible for anyone to keep a secret.
"It's gotten to the point in China where, if you don't want something known, you'd better not do it," he said.

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Posted: 5 June 2012 at 11:24

Neil Jacobsohn Seeing through transparency and openness

The sub-title of our popular "Naked Leadership" theme is 'Life in a fishbowl: the challenge of an open & transparent marketplace.' And this news report, about a corporate giant openings its kimono to share its systems with the world, and thus co-create new products and services, is [precisely what this is all about.
The world has become too complex and too hyper for any one company to successfully do everything itself. The business model of tomorrow is based on partnerships and sharing. In the old days we called it co-opetition, and its now becoming a critical tool for survival and success.
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Posted: 24 September 2012 at 14:48

Wolfgang Grulke Seeing through transparency and openness

Similar to P & G.
Posted: 25 September 2012 at 10:16

Anton Musgrave The future of M&A?

A fascinating example of challenging the norm, openness and transparency and changing traditional models of business! The outcome is unknown... for now at least. Good luck Derwent Capital!
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Posted: 12 February 2013 at 13:26

Doug Vining Turkey living in the previous century

From the Daily Maverick:

“There is now a menace which is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, facing a wave of popular protests against his rule, shoots the messenger.

Obviously the leaders of Turkey do not subscribe to the sentiments of this MindBullet referenced here, nor have they read the one we published several years ago, called BREAKFAST WITH THE BB CLUB, which proved to be so prescient. Personally I think it would be a good idea to expose Turkey's leaders to our internationally acclaimed theme, Naked Leadership.

But then, there are several political leaders who don't seem to realise that the world has changed fundamentally in the last decade or so, and have not come to grips with the flat, fast, furious world we now live in. I understand the BB CLUB has a number of vacancies...
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Posted: 3 June 2013 at 09:32

Doug Vining Brazil gets a taste of Naked Leadership

It's quite ironic that Brazil, which is the poster child of the BRICS, for its democracy and success in lifting millions out of poverty, should suffer the anger and rebellion that we saw in the Arab Spring.

Surely if the people are unhappy with their leaders, they can just vote them out? Perhaps this is more like the Occupy movement, where the people are voicing their dissent with current policies and actions, not waiting for an election to get the opportunity.

It is certainly true, that in this new world of transparency, leaders cannot take an election victory as a mandate to do whatever they choose, until the next election. Rather they have to be constantly sensitive to what the people want, and are talking about, all the time. This is a lesson that leaders in other countries, like South Africa for example, are far from learning.
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Posted: 21 June 2013 at 09:40

Wolfgang Grulke Brazil gets a taste of Naked Leadership

Since the Arab Spring we have seen similar citizen actions against governments in Greece, Turkey and Brazil. Spain, France and Italy have seen lower-key protests - what's the 2020 scenario for Europe?
Posted: 21 June 2013 at 10:11

Doug Vining People power wins in Egypt, again

It's fascinating to watch stage 2 of the Egyptian revolution, played out live on CNN. This time, a democratically elected president, albeit with a slim majority, has been sanctioned by 'the people' for following his own agenda, which included making his decrees inviolate, and not bringing in the freedoms so many of the people, including women, expected to see after the deposing of Mubarak.

Of course it's seriously complicated. As we like to say at FutureWorld, reality is messy! There's even talk that elements of the previous regime are exploiting the current instability to regain some influence.

But what I find absolutely compelling is the way transparency has triumphed, and is used by all players. In the first session of the Arab Spring, leaders tried to block communications, and protestors paid homage to Twitter and Facebook for allowing their voices to be heard. This time around, even the incumbent is trying to use social media to further his cause. Here's a quote from the BBC article:

"Before the army's ultimatum to President Morsi expired at 16:30 (15:30 GMT), he posted a Facebook message calling for a roadmap involving an interim coalition government."

Imagine that. The ...
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Posted: 3 July 2013 at 20:52

Neil Jacobsohn Naked in a guilty world of consumption!

It says so much about our product-driven world that we are riven with guilt at the things we consume - guilt over fat, sugar, alcohol, inactivity, as well as how the things we consume are produced and brought to market. So much so that has identified a whole new approach from alert companies : ho to drive Guilt-free consumption!
It comes down to the openness and transparency argument that we have been making for more than two years now in our Naked Leadership- theme - that all leaders, in business, politics, society or wherever, are effectively standing naked before a demanding, informed marketplace.
Some good examples in this report on how some businesses are responding.
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Posted: 30 October 2013 at 13:42

Neil Jacobsohn Edward Snowden elected student rector of Glasgow University!

If ever we need convincing that large parts of the world are moving towards the principles of openness and transparency, this is it! Yet so many executive teams still work under old-fashioned blankets of secrecy, believing they can control the flow of information,. Remember, information is like water - it always finds a way to move to where it wants to go! The next generation -indeed, much of the current generation - of customers are demanding Naked Leadership from corporate and political leaders. How are you managing your organisation - and how are you training your leaders? Our attached MindBullet describes the direction we believe the world is going.
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Posted: 19 February 2014 at 17:09

Doug Vining Ukranian confusion

It's fascinating to watch the crisis in Ukraine play out on mainstream and social media. Flipping between the channels presents so many different perspectives. Western media take the line that Putin has invaded, and Obama wants to support the populist uprising and overthrow of an authoritarian regime, and quickly head to elections.
Russian media denies that they have invaded, saying that they had 16,000 troops in Crimea anyway, and are allowed 25,000 in terms of their agreements with Ukraine. Putin is upholding Ukraine's deposed leader as the legitimate one, and calling the uprising a coup.
Analysts say Putin has nothing to lose, and everything to gain by restoring Crimea to Russia. It makes him a hero and distracts the people from the real problems at home. Commentators on the blogs are calling Obama's support a US financed putsch, claiming the west want Ukraine's resources. Everyone's got an opinion, and they're happy to voice it.
Then there's live video of masked armed men at barriers, confrontations between Ukrainian and Russian troops at bases, speeches and press conferences from Washington, Kiev and Moscow. Is it a propaganda war, or just an attempt to bring clarity to the situation? Does all this coverage and comment create more ...
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Posted: 5 March 2014 at 09:53

Doug Vining Ukranian confusion

And the naked communication continues. Russian MPs take to Twitter, calling Americans "Dumbheads". Russia Today news anchor Liz Wahl resigns live on air over the Ukraine crisis, saying she could not work for a network that 'whitewashed' the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

I think this is the first time we've seen Twitter wielded as a weapon of (info) war between blocs and states, rather than by the people against the oppressor.
Posted: 6 March 2014 at 08:19

Neil Jacobsohn Welcome to the new world of consumer and shareholder activism

Connectivity is perhaps the greatest single force changing our world. It's enabling people to share ideas, knowledge, thoughts and issues. The impact on politics has been profound, from the Middle East to Brazil to Thailand, Europe, the US and the rest of the world.
And business is far from exempt! Customers have become more demanding than ever. And...shareholders are taking a new, increasingly active role in scrutinising corporate and executive behaviour. Welcome to the age of consumer and shareholder activism. How is your company preparing for life in a fishbowl? This is precisely what our theme "Naked Leadership" is all about.
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Posted: 8 April 2014 at 10:21

Doug Vining Age of transparency

The age of transparency is on us, and while we may not be living in the naked future just yet, old ideas of hiding things from the customer or investors are quite obsolete.

One of the examples we use in our theme 'Naked Leadership' is the BP Gulf oil spill disaster, and how badly it was handled at the time. It seems that BP is now accepting the need for transparency, and engagement with the market.
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Posted: 17 April 2015 at 10:03

Doug Vining The naked truth about United

The truth is United Airlines still hasn't learned the lesson of Naked Leadership - you can't hide from the market, and certainly not in this hyper-connected world of personal media. As Stephen Moore points out in this linked article, the entire United debacle could have been avoided, by simply having an intelligent, empowered and empathetic approach to dealing with a situation. A situation that the customer had no part in creating!

Instead, United used a heavy-handed 'rule book' approach to forcing their internal policies on their customers, and lost. To the tune of $800 million on their stock value. It would have been cheaper to pay $10,000 to a volunteer to give up their seat. And the PR disaster that followed, with the CEO at first defending his employees rather than rushing to apologise to the customer. Finally, as the truth hit home, United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized unreservedly, calling the incident horrific. He has handed his competitors the ultimate marketing weapon - they only have to promise to never 'bump' a passenger involuntarily, ever.

This reminds me so much of the BP Oil Spill and Toyota Tangle public media fiascos of a few years ago. When will big companies realise that, as we say in our MindBullet below, ...
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Posted: 12 April 2017 at 10:52

Anton Musgrave RoR - return on reputation a new leadership metric.

If organisations were to be measured on the reputation of their leadership how would markets value them? Who would survive? And if political leaders were dependant on day to day reputations for honesty, integrity, empathy etc...all dimensions of reputation, how would they fare? Would you still retain your bankers? Would you by the same medicines or vote for the same people?
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Posted: 10 June 2018 at 15:02
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