How many times have you noticed that your own finances have little to do with fast talking wily schemes and rhetoric pumped out by those who control Wall Street’s purse strings?
Yet, who would risk change to a financial system that serves so much greed to so-called winners and even to hordes of hopefuls? It’s not easy and it takes skill to make a difference on the other side of greed.
Even closer to home – you may vow to do something about the greed that controls a few near you. But somewhere between the need to pay demanding bills and other pressures that mount daily at work, your resolve dissipates and you accept silence as a way to cope with flawed financial systems.
Interestingly, the cognitive sciences are shedding light on the brain at work, to show how successful approaches are rejuvenated in those who take risks for change. Because of the brain’s amazing plasticity, which contains capability to develop risk tactics, people from all backgrounds, education and beliefs, can jumpstart change.
The first risk I see here? Mine for differences in your circles by engaging multiple intelligences to solve everyday problem. How so? Robyn McMaster lays out a few fascinating ways to risk sidestepping greed in a few – by engaging gifts from many. Daily I observe Robyn take risks to draw leadership skills from those who differ. Have you seen it happen?
The second risk comes from debunking myths about intelligence, diversity as a deficit model, and about placing finances at the center of community formation. Develop keen skills across wider groups, races, gender and age, so that all lead, speak and feel heard on financial matters at every level. Create alliances that pull thoughtful people together from every population group. Yet expect greed to crop up from each group like weeds in a fine country garden, when it comes to financial power and control racing for greedy grabs.
Greed is a learned behavior and creates systems as flawed as our lack of inclusion across race, gender and backgrounds. Yet greed and diversity issues differ significantly. Recent research shows, for instance, that bias and predjudice are hardwired into the human brain. Its opposite, inclusion, is also wired daily by those who practice it by learning and leading with people who differ. According to Science Daily, prejudice and bias problems wire into some brains more than in others, for instance. We know that the brain shapes and wires itself daily based on what we do, and speak, and think.
These are just a few thoughts, tossed together to answer a question asked by a good friend, and highly respected leader, Jim Walton. Jim asked: Do you think if Wall Street had more diversity in their ranks, that greed would have been less?
Solutions with the brain in mind, seem to be far less related to blame, or even regret, and far more related to risk-takers – from all population groups. Greed come from any who’ve wired their brain for more money at all costs. Research from the brain shows it to be as toxic in hopefuls who have little, as it is in bullies who stash billions.
Do you wire for the kind of risk that includes all to add finances that benefit all?
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