Pope Francis, embracing complexity: Meets with Tech Giants to Discuss Blessings and Pain from New Technologies

Pope Francis is a leader who can hold paradoxical ideas, and guide us to consider issues from many sides. Not my stereotypical idea of a pope — and that’s inspiring to me. According to the Washington Post, he’s been challenging tech leaders to stretch the envelope of their creativity, putting the human back into the powerful human resource that technology has become.


Pope Francis

“Pope Francis’s leadership of the church has been noted for its openness and his concern for the needs of the poor. And he appears to recognize the power that tech executives have to help spread ideas, mobilize young Catholics and empower the undeveloped world — but also to shape the tools that can also disrupt how we relate to one another.

“Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim,” Francis wrote in his 2015 encyclical letter, “thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature.”

He’s also embracing technology as a communication tool….

“Francis, of course, has embraced technology in ways that sharply depart from his predecessor — while he has labeled himself a tech “dinosaur” who does not use a computer, he did so during a Google Hangout. He has a Twitter account that has nearly 10 million followers. And in March, a few weeks after his meeting with Systrom, he joined Instagram with an account that now has more than three million followers.” Read more…

So what might you do to be a better tech leader, however you connect with technology, and forge real relationships, and share authentic connection through this important tool? Here are three tips to inter-weave your presence with mind, heart and spirit, so you can lead and follow meaningfully.

  1. Fact check and heart check. Don’t just post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram because it’s fast and something makes you furious. Take responsibility for what you share. What you say matters. What you share affects others.
  2. Make real connections with people you resonate with online. Don’t let an email, Facebook message, or tweet substitute for connection. Pick up the phone, meet for coffee.
  3. Make a goal to communicate something that matters to your calling in life, and create a plan to connect so that vision can be reached. (Remember, building someone or something up is always more effective than knocking someone or something down!) Be present to your vision; create an authentic self-representation so your true leadership can shine through.

Contact me to learn more about the Leadership Honeycomb Project, connecting visionaries to ask the big questions, and solve the big problems.


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