Another pitfall could be found in the often excessive individualistic mindset amongst corporate leaders, leading to astounding individual financial affluence, and a simultaneous impoverishment of the lower level workforce members.
A third problem area could be sensed in the lack of adaptation to 21st century strategies and needs. For many leaders, changes occurred so fast, that they did not have the chance to come to terms with the understanding that a lot of the practices of the past century now sort a reversed growth effect on businesses: homogeneity in acting and thinking no longer leads to progress. It's diversity in every aspect of the business that wins the customer and the investor: diversity in employees' capacities, backgrounds, cultures, age categories, and thus, insights.
A fourth challenge is the ignorance about other countries and their performance. Merely thinking that you are still the leader is the quickest way to make you lose that position. Countries such as China, Japan, India, Brazil, and several European nations have aggressively improved their productions, education levels, and awareness about the needs of our changing world.
And then there's the personal side of ignorance, which keeps us sleepwalking in a world that is smaller in our minds than it actually is. We continue to see ourselves as citizens of this or that nation, while we have become citizens of the world. We continue to confine our perspectives and developmental plans to one part of the world, while every corner of the earth may become our home tomorrow. By continuing our sleepwalk, we forego opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures, and continue to focus only on our day-to-day (short term) activities without allowing ourselves any thinking or acting beyond those.
Most of all, we are often too immersed in a shed mentality, that confines our performance to thought patterns, which our parents and their parents used to uphold: seeing ourselves as workers instead of suppliers of services, holding on to a victimized mindset instead of an equally based one, clinging to unsatisfying jobs for fear of taking risks, and dwelling on a disposition of security that has long passed on.
If we want the second decade of this century to be more successful than the first, we cannot wait on governments, big businesses, non-profits, or employers to help us. We need to start the stride toward lasting progress internally. We need to take more ownership of our circumstances by considering how we could start working toward improvement. We need to shift our paradigms and prickle a metanoia that will dramatically change our entire perception of the world. We don't necessarily need formal education or exposure to special teachers to establish this. We can just sit ourselves down and use our brains to rethink our lives and ourselves:
The overarching result of these mental shifts is an enhanced internal locus of control. We will have fewer tendencies to blame others for the things that happen to us, and take more responsibility. We will make more conscious choices, with the result of a greater sense of gratification at the end of the day. Most of all, we will live a life in which there is no room for regrets later on.