I was reminded that, while leadership is such a crucial factor in any organisation's success, the secret of successful strategy is often alignment with the prevailing winds. Many (most?) of the biggest success stories in business have resulted from deliberate (and sometimes accidental) alignment of an organisation's plans, intentions, products and services with the tides of life and social change. Sometimes its a 'chicken or egg?' situation, but the success of Subway has clearly been helped by the trend towards a 24/7 life on the run... and who knows what would have happened to Starbucks, Costa et al without Rachel, Monica, Joey etc on the couch at Central Perk? My point is that the world is turning and we live in a time of unprecedented flux.... the next 2 decades will see the world transformed physically, culturally and socio-economically.
I nearly forgot. I won't again.