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pass into the reality of action. From the
actions stems the dream again; and this
interdependence produces the highest form
man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn
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Edge-Dweller by Nature: An Interview with Roger Saillant
Saillant is president and CEO of Plug
Power, an innovative fuel cell manufacturer that is developing
new ways to harness, distribute and use energy. In the following
interview with Leverage Points editor Vicky Schubert, he reflects
on the importance of honesty and trust when leading in a climate
of high risk.
You made headlines last week when it was reported that Plug Power
is slated to receive a sizeable investment from a Russian firm.
You must be gratified by that vote of confidence.
somewhat amazed. No one would have predicted a year ago that this
would happen. And we didn’t go out seeking this investment.
But it’s funny how the world works. Lots of pieces came together
all of a sudden and somehow this little company has gone from a
wisp of survival to actually being selected as the best in the world
in its niche. More than anything, we feel affirmed that our preoccupation
with trying to be a good company and trying to build a good culture
while delivering a new technology has resulted in positive financial
These investors clearly believe in the future of hydrogen. But major
infrastructural changes will have to occur before the hydrogen economy
becomes a reality. In terms of mobility, bio-fuel-ready vehicles
and electric hybrids are hitting the road even as we speak. Where
would you say we stand relative to adoption of hydrogen fuel cell
It will probably be twenty years before hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
become significant. But we are moving in the right direction and
hybrid-electric vehicles (like the one I drive) are a necessary
step in the move away from pure internal combustion engine systems.
I agree with
Lovins, the CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, who sees the
transition occurring in three phases. The first move will be toward
efficiency, the second move will be toward lighter weight vehicles,
and the third move will be toward fuel cell vehicles. It won’t
happen overnight. A complete turnover in our fleet could take 30
to 50 years.
I think legislative
and regulatory pressures will help move things along. Mandated improvement
in corporate average fuel economy will drive people first to hybrid-electric,
and then to lighter cars. And if California – followed by
other states – passes legislation encouraging zero-level-emission
vehicles, or “ZLEV’S,” that will force a growing
number of people to go to fuel cell vehicles even more quickly.
My bet is that transportation will go through these phases reluctantly
at first, and then accelerate.
You’ve referred to our energy future as a mosaic. Can you
tell us what you mean by that?
Well, very clearly we have a mosaic today. Every form of energy
that we have originates with the sun, even down to nuclear, which
comes from old suns, stars. When you burn fossil fuels, or dung
from animals, wood, coal, peat, oil — you’re just burning
old sunlight. Bio-fuels come from green materials that were nurtured
by sunlight. And coal obviously, comes from old plants. Wind farms
work because the sun has heated up air differentially and it’s
circulating in order to reach equilibrium. Waves and tides are caused
by winds, by the moon and the sun. Geo-thermal energy derives from
the heat inside the earth’s core, which comes from radioactive
materials slowly decaying, and those radioactive materials came
from old stars or suns. So, it’s fascinating; you can’t
get away from it.
And I think
what we’ll see will just be a shift in the mix. We’ll
see more power going through solar arrays. We’ll see more
wind farms, more geothermal, more bio-mass, perhaps more natural
gas, which has a much shorter loop than say, coal and oil. But we’ll
always have this mosaic that’s derived from sunlight at one
time or another.
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Introducing Systems Thinking Into Your Organization
by Bill Harris
read The Fifth Discipline, attended the Pegasus “Systems Thinking
in Action” Conference, bought simulation software, and created
your first computer models. You’re excited—systemic
thinking could solve so many of the problems you’ve experienced
and offers so much potential to help your organization. But where
do you start? How can you get your colleagues—and especially
your boss—as excited as you are? How do you help your organization
succeed over the long run?
and take a deep breath. Then consider some lessons I’ve learned,
as I’ve tried to advance the use of systems thinking in many
different organizations over the past 15 or more years:
Except in rare circumstances, don’t tell your managers that
they must adopt systems thinking.
Don’t do your work in a vacuum.
Respect the data.
Develop a knack for seeing patterns and recognizing likely underlying
Remember that systems thinking is ultimately about helping people.
Plan on course corrections; systems thinking doesn’t end when
you’ve got a model.
you’ve just sold your organization on the importance of a
systems view and on the importance of understanding feedback. Now
it’s your turn to deal with feedback—feedback from the
real world. Listen, observe, and reflect, and be willing to incorporate
what you learn into the implementation.
Now, take another
deep breath, stand up, and go make your organization and the world
better! Don’t sell systems thinking; be a systems thinker!
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