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Without reflection there can be no learning. This is one of the conundrums of modern corporate life. Finding Leaders who say they don’t have enough time is common place. Activity rules. Agreeing strategy and action plans, budgeting and monitoring, investigating new partners or possibilities, chasing down deals, integrating new businesses, selling off businesses, delivering consistent high quality services, innovating. The doing list is without end.
I was really struck by the language Mark Carney used at the press conference for the quarterly inflation report in August. He said the banking industry had become disconnected from society in a way that was significantly reducing its effectiveness. He further reflected that the focus needed to be on the real economy, what it does for businesses making investment and what it ultimately means for jobs in the economy. For me the most telling phrase was the following: “the current loss of focus means finance that only talks to itself and deals with each other that becomes socially useless”.
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