COP26 – Do you have the right people in the room?

COP26 - Do you have the right people in the room?

Thursday 11th November 2021

Too often interventions fail to deliver because the right people, the decision makers, weren't engaged at the right time or in the right way. Did we get the right people in the room from the start? Of course, even if we do get the right people in a room there needs to be a reason to be there, right? A problem to solve that effects all ........A COMMON PURPOSE !

This got me thinking about COP26, the clue is in the title I guess, its number '26'!

Surely there is a clear and common purpose, surely all the right people are there?

All, or most, of the world leaders came to Glasgow, Scotland to focus on our climate. They came to 'pledge' their support to minimise our temperature increase with a long-term view of saving our planet. The questions I keep coming back to is 'Are they clear on the purpose of COP26' and do we have the right people to get it done?

Their purpose: Pledge to reduce emissions.
Actual purpose: Reduce emissions to maintain our temperature increase to less than 1.5c.

There were also key leaders missing from these sessions. These are the people who are in charge of whether our planet has a fighting chance or not. They will, I'm sure, have good political, economic and domestic reasons for not being there. That said, can we expect to change anything when the guys at the top don't turn up?

The leaders of 2 of the largest countries that contribute c30% of the emissions, just weren't there. This is something I am sure we all recognise. How often have you been involved in driving change in an organisation, but the decision makers haven't been engaged or turned up?

Does it matter if the decision makers aren't there?
What is the impact when decision makers don't appear?
If they don't turn up, are they fully engaged?

Is this genuinely an issue? Have we given them the opportunity to understand and be part of the solution? Leaders lead in many ways, some could argue, that by empowering their staff they are a great leader. How do we ensure the decision makers understand and are fully engaged?

Does it matter?
Is it their fault?
Do they truly understand the problem?