Where leaders (and in this case, that anyone who chooses to be a culture leader, but especially those in authority) can have a great effect is not just reacting to others, but demonstrating the culture they want. This may mean breaking your own habit and tendencies, which is non-trivial. But it is possible.
For the third consecutive year, hundreds of thousands of people participated on Neighborland projects. People shared their insights, volunteered their time, and donated money to help make great projects happen. Many of our projects from the past few years are now in the delivery phase. Nothing inspires our team more than real outcomes that reflect the priorities of the communities where we work. Given that our mission is to help people shape the development of their communities, we’re thrilled to say that 2016 was one of our most successful years to date.
When you’re building a product whose foundation is goal setting and achievement the most important problem to solve is not one of tooling or modeling, but one of motivation. Deep down everyone has TONS of aspirational things they want to do. Just because you give them a way to take action, doesn’t mean they’re actually going to feel motivated to do it. And building an entire business off of people’s good intentions is probably ill-advised.
But here’s the really important part that applies to management: if the dentist came up to me and actually asked me how the hygienist had done, I would have sang like a canary. Because she did not, I walked away non-confrontationally and this hygienist will now continue to drive people away from her clinic.
But I check Twitter a fair amount during the day, and it’s not ever for great reasons. I read a lot of Politico, and Washington Post, and NYT. In the car I’m listening to tons of CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and Fox News (holy shit). I even peek at Breitbart, just to get a glipse of the raging garbage fire going on over there. I read the news at night and want to read every angle. I go to sleep, but wake up every night around 2a or 3a thinking about what’s going on.
The conflict with police is particularly significant, because police in much of the country have historically had their primary role being to keep the races “in their place.” The primary reason that people see America as not considering black lives to matter is, after all, that when a black person is shot, people look for justifications as to why it was justified, while when a white person is arrested (to say nothing of shot!), people look for the similarities between themselves. A good example pairing is Brock Turner and Trayvon Martin. Turner was arrested after being caught in the act of raping a woman behind a dumpster; two people saw him, chased him, and held him down until the police arrived. Convicted, he was sentenced to six months, with the judge not wanting to harm this young man’s future; news stories about him invariably described him in their headlines as a “Stanford swimmer.” Martin, on the other hand, was a high school kid coming home from buying some candy when he was shot to death by a man who was “patrolling his neighborhood.” His news coverage focused a great deal on how his sweater made him look threatening.
That is to say, the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored.