It's 8:30 PM on the West Coast, and I'm lounging on the couch watching the election. It's a close one. At this moment, Biden has 192 electoral votes, and Trump has 114, but the key states are still in limbo.
Both sides are stressing out. Either side believes that the other will lead to the collapse of the United States of America.
The election results don't matter this year.
At the end of the day, we're a divided country. We use divisive strategies and language. We operate like we're in a courtroom battling for custody over our children.
The United States of America. United. United.
We are in a transition
I founded Nineteen80 based on my birth year and that I'm born on the cusp of two generations. I grew up in an analog world and came of age in the digital world. The world was gendered, racially divided, politically incorrect, and commercialized (think malls, big brands, fashion magazines). Today, we're in the middle of a transition toward a more equitable world (we're very far away). Everyone has access to technology. Anyone can be a media company.
Transitions are hard and painful
I don't know the results of the election as I write this. I'm not going to go back and edit it either. It doesn't matter. What matters is that there's nearly half voting for Trump, and half voting for Biden.
This means we have a difference in how we are free. How we are the greatest country the earth. How we lead.
As we move forward in this transition, all leaders to lead.
We've spent too much time surrounding ourselves with people that look and talk like us. We've created bubbles of comfort, and we're not strong enough to sit in the discomfort of diverse teams.
We need new skills in this new world
Covid-19 really caught us red-handed. We were ill-prepared to work as a team. We didn't have the unifying skills needed to inspire, unite, and motivate people to work together. We spent all our time competing, trying to win.
The one thing that Covid-19 taught me was that it wasn't always about winning. Winning somehow signifies that someone loses. It assumes that it's a zero-sum game.
We need to hope again
As we continue in this ongoing nightmare of the pandemic, we need hope again. We need leaders that have a growth mindset. We need leaders that lead with abundance.
For the first time in our history, technology is enabling virtually limitless innovation. We can solve problems that were once impossible. We have the resources to transform the world.
Let's shift our profit-motive toward a motive for good.