The Step from Problems to Solutions


Here in Romania we are in the middle of a maelstrom caused by too much incompetence, carelessness, and insult of our value as individuals, society and country.  In the last 25 years there were many such overflows of anger from those who wanted and still want normality, decency, and prosperity.  These events lasted hours, days, or months during which ordinary people got out of their comfort zone and became actors on a collective stage.  Some played brief and honest roles while others got ‘promoted’ to leading roles fully publicized and then absorbed by politics as they were attracted by the mirage of being included in the ‘director’s team’.

History keeps repeating its lessons to whomever wants to listen, but not many have the interest to do this.  The frustrations and aspirations of the street choir members are usually ‘reshaped’ and (ab)used by soloists.

In the last days a community formed on ad-hoc and profoundly emotional basis has been desperately looking for the right approach to make their slogans a reality.  There is obviously a time pressure until hyenas will show up and devour the essence and the value of the demonstration’s daily evening chanting.

We witness the end of the brainstorming stage which has been fed by a fury of ideas coming out of passiveness suddenly turned into activism.  All media channels through bloggers, common folk’s postings on Facebook or TV commentators are overwhelmed by the list of ideas for change.  All political decision makers which might be interested, if needed, to pay attention to what is going on around and beneath them are busy reading the list of ideas for change.  Simple or profound, realistic or impossible to apply, short term or long term – all ideas are to be respected at least for the overall improvement they support.

Yet nobody is satisfied if the final result would be only scrolls full of wishes ready to be stored away.  We actually want their implementation.  We want an efficient and transparent change management.

thought actionInformal leaders, chosen mostly on media popularity ranking since there is no time to evaluate their actual worth, are getting near the end of their mandate.  The crisis we want to be solved needs a calm and solid implementation plan.  If not, the present bonfire will most certainly turn into a disappointing flicker.

Ideas need to be sorted, filtered, prioritized, and eventually implemented.  There is a need for another type of leadership – in the aftermath of a crisis.  Less strenuous, jumpy, and eager to see tomorrow the solution that would fix everything that is unacceptable today.

A constructive leadership needs information, relevant expert opinions, and the support from the people – even if on a conditional basis.  This leadership needs to have the intelligence, experience, and courage to propose and then apply solutions that might ruffle positions, egos, or the comfortable status quo of everybody around – inside and outside the political arena.

This leadership team can and must be selected based on evaluations of the value they can bring.  A team of goal getters that needs to have at their disposal all the resources and patience of the national team (or at least of the relevant majority since consensus is very hard to achieve).  Indeed the team needs a valiant captain to support their efforts and mitigate the probable lack of popularity of certain measures.  And it also needs supporters who will have the decency to stop shouting and booing at least during the match.