With the outcome of the election settled, the sense of possibility and potential is as welcome as it is unexpected. Seems that Cameron and Clegg are finding common ground in very productive places – such as, devolving power and opportunity away from the centre and Whitehall and towards local communities; tackling the really difficult issues through mobilising the energy, creativity, optimism and passion of people with a real stake in finding new and radical outcomes (and not just a stake in the old power structures).
Last week I was privileged and delighted to be working with Meg Wheatley (www.margaretwheatley.com) in two workshops – one for leaders of Welsh public services in Cardiff, and another, in London, for women in leadership. At both, we talked about the meaning of perseverance – which is also the title of her lovely new ‘companion’ book – which you can buy through her website.
These inspirational quotations are taken from it.
“It is not necessary to hope in order to persevere” William of Netherlands
“Know that the river has its destination/The elders say we must let go of the shore/push off to the middle of the river/and keep our heads above water”
“Everyday I must make the choice/Not to give up” A NGO CEO
One thing I’m sure of – in the coming weeks and months, there will be many who choose to be cynical, critical and quick to judge. That’s part of the business of politics. But the business of Government is to create the conditions to get things done, for and on behalf of the people – and this requires collaboration, conversation, commitment and perseverance – in the toughest of times.
Exciting times indeed…..