I was reading Dina's weblog this morning as she talked about how few executives are aware of blogging. So typical that a huge movement such as blogging should be building and that senior executives know nothing about it.
It struck me how weird it is that many senior executives also tell me that they have no time to read. Why are these intelligent people so out of touch? They all read as students. Some still read fiction.
My theory is that in the traditional organization the focus is almost entirely inward. The awareness issue is not external performance but how well you rank in the internal politics. So as an executive you become a courtier. This game of being a courtier is hugely demanding on time and energy. Is this not a Ptolemaic world where the enterprise is the centre of the universe? Where courtiers swarm around the Sun King hoping for a rise in favour? Is not the great opportunity the Copernican breakout to "see" the enterprise as only part of a system? Would not such a breakout allow them to be free man and women again?