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|The Way to End Oil |
Shai Agassi's electric car is positioned to revolutionize how we drive. It will solve the problem of foreign energy dependence. His story was the feature in Wired magazine's September issue.
Agassi will start with Israel and Denmark as test nations. He will sell affordable electric cars with tax incentives with governments taxing fuel-powered cars. His company will own the grid that powers the cars, and the batteries that run the cars. This will allow them to swap out batteries for quick power for longer trips. With the income from electric charging stations, his company will invest in clean energy, ending dependence on oil.
Reading about Agassi's ideas, I was fascinated by his kernel of truth for leadership. When the writer asked if Agassi was concerned that someone might steal his idea, Agassi was clear about his purpose, "The mission is to end oil, not create a company." And with people joining his efforts, it's clear that they are about the cause, not just the company.
I read Agassi's mission over and over again, savoring its sentiment. In Evergreen Leaders terms, it's a great expression of humble leadership, with Agassi being clear on the treasure of the organization. Here are some key traits of a humble hierarchy leader:
We need clear leadership like this all the more in the chaos of the times. Where are leaders who will put the good of society about the needs of their organization? In an uncertain economy, we need leaders who focus on the call more than the desperation of keeping institutions alive.
- Focuses ambition on the collective good
- Learns from critics
- Cares most about the mission of the organization
- Is clear about the organization's vision
- Holds a real hope and belief in the vision's reality in the future
- Creates a place for voices and talents of all to produce that treasure
We must find more effective ways to meet human needs. This means partnering where previously we were competing, communicating and hearing the best ideas of all who are involved rather than doing the same old thing.
Wisdom for the day: When we are meeting deep needs and doing it well, open doors will follow.
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Shai Agassi is pioneering a plan to spread the use of electric cars, and he is clear on his purpose, "The mission is to end oil, not create a company."
Photo Electric car charging pointby Frankh.