I think what we see with the bureaucratic time, you and I are the leaders of this organization, so we come up with an idea. So we’re done, aren’t we? So now we simply sell it to the 25,000 employees of the Thierry-Robert Organization. Huge amount of resistance. It’s not their idea, they weren’t involved, they had no context, they weren’t involved in the decision. So once we made our decision very quickly, in five years’ time, almost nothing that we wanted to have done is actually really done. Being quick is often an illusion, I think.
And the real issue for leaders, I think, in the networked world, is to put the good question. We always want the leaders to have the answers, but if you think of what’s really going on today, this is why people like –is it Elon Musk who’s doing the Tesla car? He is really asking some good questions. In space, it’s like why does it have to cost a lot? Why can only governments afford to go into space? What is it about the economic model? I mean, if you think of the expert, Columbus was sent by Queen Isabella on like a NASA trip, right? It was government financed.
The British went the Musk group. They had entrepreneurs. And said, you know, “If you capture any Spanish bullion along the way, you finance your trip.” And so Musk is asking, “Why does a car have to –?”I have a friend who has a Tesla and, god, 80,000 bucks! He said, “Rob, this car costs practically nothing to run.” It’s got engines on each wheel, it’s a brilliant design. It’s not just about electric. It’s the design itself. He said, “I could keep this car for 20 years and I think it will still be…” He thinks on a cash flow basis, on the running costs. He thinks this is a cheap car. And when Tesla can produce one of these cars for $30,000, it’s game over. And I think the car industry – because he asked the right question.
So I think the great leaders today will be looking at the world and going – it’s not just about disruption, you see, it’s about what could we do that would answer some of the issues and problems that we have so people will go, “Oh yes.”
In a network, everybody does well. In a real network, everybody does well. In the machine process, the 1% of the 1% does well. Everybody else is treated very badly.