“Alice in Wonderland” leadership syndrome


Quote: “After all is said and done more is said than done” (Aesop)

Exhibit 1: “More than two people join Linkedin every second”

Taking into account that LinkedIn is considered by worldwide organizations a serious barometer when it comes to labor force market – their figures show fresh & up-to-date bad news about how far our economies are from the good track – whatever that is. (LinkedIn counts 135 mil professionals at the end of Quarter 3, 2011 – the latest count being in 2010 when they were 120 mil. In Romania over 400,000 people have joined LinkedIn).

As of September 30, 2011 (the end of the third quarter), professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate that is faster than two new members per second” (see their public latest figures here).

This is completely irrelevant for economies, but from a strictly isolated business perspective this new “rate” of measuring speed instead of measuring performance is both funny and happy. In my view, of course!

My question towards LinkedIn – that I think is more important than measuring speed – is:

“If more than 2 people join LinkedIn/second – how many LinkedIn members get jobs/second?”

Without the answer to this question, this funny speed rate shows nothing else but the fact that unemployment all over the world increases at a speed rate that is faster than 2 new members/second – if we look through LinkedIn’s window and not taking into account all the other large employment social media platforms, their direct competitors (not Facebook like how Business Insider 2/3 wrongly considered to be the main LinkedIn’s competitor).

Exhibit 2:  “Globally speaking, the NGO sector is now the 8th largest economy in the world — worth over $1 trillion a year globally. It employs nearly 19 million paid workers, not to mention countless volunteers. NGOs spend about $US15 billion on development each year, about the same as the World Bank” (see the Public Services International article: The Rise and Rise of NGOs and related statistics from other sources).

A lot of people who are now fresh pioneers of social entrepreneurship, teachers of social entrepreneurship and so on – are very “upset” about how corporations do not care enough about society and environment.

Without being a corporate fan – I like to not go extreme, if possible and play the ball at center.

The new pioneers of social entrepreneurship maybe forget that any private organization pay a lot of taxes to government and it is governments’ role to well administrate these taxes in terms of societal and environmental problem solving.

The fact that governments failed in doing their jobs (political leaders), that’s not a corporate responsibility. It’s citizens’ responsibility for the way they use their heads when it comes to voting, acting and reacting.

Corporate organizations developed over time more or less “optional” CSR departments (corporate social responsibility) and social responsibility frameworks already appeared to be followed. The fact that CSR heads are not always very innovative and inspired when it comes to the projects where they invest their CSR budgets – that’s a question of performance, knowledge, innovation and talent.

This is not the point, though.

The big point is that the latest statistics show that more than 80% of humanity lives on less than 10 dollars / day (Global Issues) on the background that NGOs sector is the 8th largest economy in the world.

Normally, as NGO economy grew with such speed – we should have expected less poverty and problems. Still, the situation is upside-down.

This shows that in terms of performance and sustainability – NGOs are on a different track.

Governments give money to solve these problems. Corporate do the same. Ordinary people do the same by donations.

What goes wrong?

From Exhibit 2 – it seems this NGO big economy is a huge black hole and many changes of mindsets must first take place there.

From Exhibit 1- it seems that 80% of humanity living in deep and deeper poverty will soon become 90% or more at this high speed rate of unemployment growing.

Without complicating things and without making sophisticated analyses, most of us feel these realities on our own skin – no matter where we live. Of course, things are more complex, but from time to time new perspectives may rise above when we look at things from a simpler and sometimes from a more fundamental angle.

Instead of conclusion:  good news about the space science: NASA is playing with the idea of sending soon a high tech triple smart robot to look for life on Mars – the red planet (watch here the animation demo and google it for more info).

I loved it as much as it scared me: for a few minutes I felt like an alien – thing that caused me a new identity problem :))