"Leaders must be taught the core scientific principles of using energy to generate superlinear thinking and action."
Energy from the sun to the vineyard to the grape to the wine to the electrical signal in your brain to your ideas and actions. Exactly the same energy that drives teams and organisations.
Neil de Grasse Tyson, astrophysicist and wine lover, explains the importance of energy in our lives with the aid of grapes.
Our sun starts the process. Hydrogen atoms fuse at very high temperature to form helium. In the process particles are shed and after millions of years this energy is ejected from the surface eventually reaching earth as sunlight. This falls on the vine leaves and is absorbed through a chemical process, which in turn is used to form grapes.
We then process the grapes creating, hopefully, the golden liquid of the gods. When we drink the wine it excites an electrical signal in our brains. A flow of ideas and concepts follow firing up the voice box, facial and body muscles and with luck, a great conversation.
And herein lies the key to great teamwork.
Firstly it is important to note the nature of what happens with fusion inside the sun. The secret to fusion's longevity is that the energy needed to generate fusion is less than the energy generated. For billions of years our sun acts as a perpetual motion machine, continuously generating surplus energy to fire up life, the universe and everything. This is a superlinear process, and the key to team and organisational survival and success. (Simplistically it's like saying 1+1=3.)
According to Geoffrey West in Scale only three percent of organisations learn the secret art of superlinear strategy and action that guarantee long term survival, growth and profitability. The other ninety-seven percent use up all their energy driving down rabbit holes in pursuit of economies of scale.
From a philosophical perspective I take a pragmatist worldview. If you have an idea, concept or philosophy, show me how it works in practice. Otherwise it is just hot air. Here are some practical steps that we have evolved in the real world crucible of competing organisations.
The universe and life as we know it is based on superlinear energy generated in stars. This self same energy is the source of all team and organisational performance. The great teams discover the secret of superlinearity, the fine art and science of intelligent thinking and intelligent action.