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Opening the Curtain on a Different Act….

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When we go to the theatre, there’s a simple device to let us know things are changing.

We move to a new Act. Whether it’s a three or five act play, there’s a structure. It’s variously a symbol, or a ceremony depending on your point of view, but the thing is, we know change is arriving. There will be a change of pace. New actors will appear. There will be a twist. The intent of the characters will start to emerge.

It’s a shame we can’t do that with our leaders. Too many seem to think they are still in a previous Act, and continue to do what they’ve always done even though the audience can see the changes.

We are leaving an age of relative certainty – not at the detail level, but we knew the rules in the last Act. We knew who was in charge, how the system worked and how to play our part in it.

We seem to have started the next Act. We can see it and sense it, but iit seems nobody has told our leaders. Hirearchical “thou shalt” hubris is in full swing, whether it’s dictating people who don’t want (and often don’t need) to return to the office, or businesses that should have adapted demanding government support for unsustainable business models. The rules are changing. The King id dying.

This is where it will get interesting. We are coming out of the “phoney war” where Covid was a real shock, but also not the main story. It diverted our attention as though it was the single thing we had to deal with, when of course it wasn’t and isn’t.

We’re not just into a new Act, we’re into a change of scenery, and some very new characters.

More of that tomorrow.

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