Rob Paterson – The real issue is to put the good question

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.

Other Videos

Rob Paterson - It enables them to control their people even more

Rob Paterson - It enables them to control their people even more

I have a story for you. It’s unfortunate you’re French because the story is about tanks. So in 1940, the French command thought of the mental image of a tank was a mobile pillbox, or something that would break through a line of trenches. In other words, they were thinking of what tanks were in 1918. The Germans, having lost the war, opened them to more thinking, and they saw a tank as an offensive weapon to be concentrated. They[...]
Rob Paterson - It’s really based on social capital

Rob Paterson - It’s really based on social capital

So after the Black Death, where I think 35% of Europe died, suddenly peasants realized that they weren’t valuable. And also, you had knights who had previously, if you were the Big Baron and I’m merely a knight, you would have granted me my house and I would’ve have given you my knight service, you know, like having a job. Like having a job. But then, the knights who were any good could go to Italy and join what was called[...]
Rob Paterson - Your security comes from your community

Rob Paterson - Your security comes from your community

And you see also the rise of fundamentalism as well, everywhere. Half of America is now… what they fear the most is a fundamentalist. We had just seen the Supreme Court support another fundamentalist. So I think the fear of the uncertainty, fear of uncertainty, some of the communities collapse into fundamentalism. The Bible, the Koran, women in their place, you know, that’s one god, that’s one zone of comfort. Another is it’s a shark pool, I’m going to get[...]
Rob Paterson - There is no pathway

Rob Paterson - There is no pathway

So I would say the networks are going to be everything. Networks are going to be everything. And you can’t get – if an organization is based on a machine, with a central process, whether that’s extracting oil and producing gasoline, whether it is making a newspaper, whether it is making a car, you know what I mean? They all have the central machine process that has to be made more and more efficient. There’s no way you can transform[...]
Rob Paterson - The political life as we know it is finished

Rob Paterson - The political life as we know it is finished

I think the political life as we know it is also finished. They are now owned by the people who give them the money. They don’t care about you and me, or anybody else. So something else will take its place and you can see the beginnings of this, in the organizations that people love to hate. So Hamas, right? So Hamas comes in and it says two things, really. Be part of us and you stand up against your[...]
Rob Paterson - It will take at least three generations

Rob Paterson - It will take at least three generations

I’m not a Christian, but the Bible has some great stories and it has the best story about this very thing, which is the story of Moses and Exodus. So Moses is in reality, remember, an Egyptian prince. He is the adopted brother of the pharaoh. Whether he existed or not is not important. The issue is how the story is constructed. So, a leader of the old world; it creates a situation where he takes his people out of[...]

Comments over the web

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *