Leadership Strategies, Social Media, and Holocausts
The uprising in Egypt erupted from the broken dreams and disappointments shaped over the 30 years of a selfish and corrupt regime. Three decades ago the abuses and greed were kept under wraps. That was the way it was.
Now we can communicate across oceans and across cultures in that proverbial blink of an eye. It is harder to be an avoider or denier, two of the most powerful human behavior patterns that keep people stuck in old ways of relating based on fear and punishment.
Google manager Weal Ghonim grew up in his Egyptian society when it was still restrictive and silent. Yet, while we knew the internet and all the bells and whistles of social media would matter, I do not think most of us had any idea that it could foster a revolution.
Ghonim made a powerful statement that, in itself, is part of the new way of relating that is going to be more and more obvious, when he discussed how everything looks different when the psychological barrier of fear is broken.
Fear is what has kept us locked in the throes of old, outmoded behavior, both in families, at work, and in our communities. We become avoiders and deniers to stay safe, to stay alive. Yet, now with the push of a button, the whole world can know what is going on, often in the darkest corners of the globe.
This is one time that the media stood up in a courageous way with deep integrity. It was about getting the news out to the world, rather than puffing out chests with who had the best scoop. Interviewers seemed to be working together for the common good rather than for their own hot-shot byline.Continued on the next page