Issue 129 - 02 | Earth Shakers: The Art and Craft of the Global Change Agent
By Dean Williams Published May 13, 2015 11:00 a.m.

“Earth shakers figuratively shake the ground on which we work and live. They stir people to action to address tough problems. They mobilize people to fix what is flawed or broken. They generate movements to tackle complex issues. They transform teams, organizations, communities, and nations. They help us to think differently about the world, and to take actions to make it a better place.

The earth shaker is a global change agent. They may operate at the local level or on the international stage but they appreciate how global forces and dynamics affect local forces and dynamics, and vice-versa. Given the interdependent nature of complex problems, they know they must cross borders and boundaries to get anything significant accomplished, as problems cannot be resolved in isolation.

We need earth shakers because globalization presents a whole new set of challenges for which traditional forms of leadership cannot resolve. Globalization generates forces and dynamics that produce unintended and unexpected consequences—surprises—some that are delightful and some that are threatening and outright scary.”



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About Dean Williams | Dean Williams is a faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School. He leads the World Leaders Project at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership, and chairs the Global Change Agent executive education program, and is also president of Global Leadership Advisory Services. He is the author of Leadership for a Fractured World: How To Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges and Lead Change (Berrett-Koehler, 2015); and Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges (Berrett-Koehler, 2005).

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