New Models Thinking

Physician, Libertarian and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he would have a “Secretary of Peace” in his cabinet. Now that's what I call 'New Models Thinking.'

We are in a global crisis at this moment in history. More than ever before, we need new thoughts, new ideas, new models.

And this includes models of leadership. We need new models for leaders and leadership development.

In my view, we need more leaders like Dr. Paul. Leaders who:

- Stick to their principles
- Speak truth to power
- Hold to a higher standard
- Call everyone to a better quality of life

Watching the Republican debate the other night, I was struck by the sharp divide between the 'Same Old' candidates and the 'New Models Thinking' candidates. The 'Same Old' ones want to tweak our existing processes. The 'New Models' Thinkers are looking to new ways. They are ready to initiate radical ("at the root") change. They want to innovate and take America out of the crisis.

Recently, media watchers like Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly have commented on the media's aversion to Ron Paul. It's really simple. Ron Paul is a radical. As Thomas Kuhn pointed out in his classic work on the nature of scientific revolutions, the next paradigm (and its herald) is resisted, ridiculed, and attacked before it gains acceptance.

Or as Jonathan Swift once wrote:

~ "When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

Imagine a "Secretary of Peace." What other new world-changing leadership roles can you imagine?

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday September 24, 2011


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