By: Jan Mazotti Issue: Transformation Section: Letter From the Editor Transformation is a funny thing. Its definition says it all—to change in composition or structure: to change the outward form or appearance of: to change in character or condition: to convert. Oftentimes people, and therefore organizations, resist change, causing leadership to push even harder toward a goal. This issue highlights some of the best transformational organizations and leaders around.
There are many interesting stories from academia, business, government and community/nonprofit organizations that are leading innovative transformational work or who integrate planning that has systematically changed business or strategy and developed economies and growth.
And, while you may wonder why you should read on, consider the story of Kent Thiry, the CEO of DaVita, and how he has created a corporate culture of respect and team. Or the story of Rachel Lloyd, who tirelessly works to change the laws for girls who are trafficked here in the United States. Or, there is Flibe Energy, the revolutionary nuclear company that is bringing thorium-based reactors back into the energy conversation. Or Votifi—a company so steeped in the political dialogue of the American voter that they are transforming communication styles. Or, there is eight-year-old Paul Felix, who is on a mission to provide fresh, clean water to thousands of people on the other side of the world in South Sudan.
But these are just a few of the transformational stories in this issue. Read on and hopefully you will be transformed too—even if for a minute. As Michael Jackson so eloquently sings, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. No message could have been any clearer if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make the change. You gotta get it right, while you got the time 'cause when you close your heart you can't close your mind!”
Remember, transformation starts with you. No one can make you change if you don’t want to. The stories in this issue just might make you want to try.
All the best, - Jan Mazotti