Our modern economy was borne through people who risked life and limb to travel and develop trade and industry,forging new connections across the world, discovering valuable commodities. People who saw opportunity when others only saw risk opened these New Frontiers. Trade routes became the lifeblood of civilizations and through Traders knowledge of other civilizations spread across the world connecting the Middle East to India, Europe and beyond.
Key to the trade networks of the ancient world was the trade in bronze. Naturally such a valuable commodity introduced stiff competition and with this the struggle to control its supply in the markets. Inevitably this led to the birth of modern day warfare. Mankind’s struggle for resources created the first empires. Thutmose the Third built a new army of 12000 troops. In this call to arms were trained professional, fierce soldiers and warriors. Accompanied with the birth of a new device- the chariot,a new warrior -skilled – the chariot Archer and, the image on the battlefield of this new weapon combination -the dust cloud caused confusion and struck terror in the enemy. The age of mass warfare had begun. An empire is built as far as the circuit of the sun.
New technology and new tactics introduces a new style of leadership – leading from the front. Perhaps for the first time men seeing their leaders going upfront to face the battle, these leaders needed new abilities. Tactics and strategies that changed dynamically during the course of the battle. Managing men on the move who could travel distances, independently further and faster than ever before. All had to step up their game,change their approach – respond faster. The scribes record this as a key turning point as great warlords were defeated and Thutmose the Third outwitted and dismantled the largest coalition, through wit, bravery and fortitude. One man can now control the lives of millions. Man with the power of a God. But even that era of the God king drew to a close. Time is not a friend of complacency.
Leadership and Innovation unlocked the keys to controlling our destiny; fire,farming,communication,building cities, pioneering trade and the art of war.New technology transforms our future but requires new rules. New ideas for new people and a new Age requires New Leaders.
Today Trade connects the world like never before. It creates areas of specialization, diversity and variation. New opportunities that can be captured for growth and development,scope for businesses and people with different abilities.
Do you know what chariot you need to harness to gain the advantage? Do you have the skilled archer to scope and target your opportunity and do you have the men and woman that will follow through? Are you that new leader leading from the front?