leadership

Pressure and flexibility

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Since everything is inter-connected, governments shouldn’t bow to single-issue pressure groups.

It’s possible to retain existing flexibility when you slow things down. If you can’t control outcome uncertainty, try to control the pace instead.

Better research upfront makes for better policy outcomes later.

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If people were smart…

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We’d plan tax reform BEFORE income distribution undergoes the full onslaught of machine automation.

The UN would fund and deploy aerial nano-bots that fly around the World destroying unregistered guns.

Religious opinion leaders would MODERNISE religious doctrine to accommodate future technological change.

We’d REFORM things in society before the flat part of the (technology) exponential curve turns into the steep part of the exponential curve.

Government social services would MANAGE people’s expectations in a honest way upfront, not make excuses in a patronising way afterwards. Prevention is usually cheaper that cure.

We’d APPOINT lobby groups to represent the animal kingdom and not pretend that humans and corporates have all the votes and all the freedom to act.

We’d ENCOURAGE people to self-learn to cope with global changes in progress.

Leadership and Management

Management

The act of joining staff hands around a customer’s needs.

The act of applying electricity to hand-powered components.

Mining the magic and monitoring the wagon train.

Build it amazing and customer wow will come.

 

Leadership versus Management

Great management is leading by example. Great leadership is providing an example for others to better.

Management is ensuring there’s no explosion in the paint factory. Leadership is creating Pollock art that turns management on its head.

Truth, justice and the superhero way…

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Do the right thing and be slated?

We can’t prove we are decent, honourable and innocent people. Every day of our lives is a new test. All of us can be mis-read, misunderstood and mistaken. And sometimes are.

‘No good deed goes unpunished’ appears to be a well-worn saying.  Our political leaders falter and in doing so, set the tone. Even religion encourages forgiveness for sin. And it expects sin, not sainthood.

Athletes in a sport racked by doping become guilty by association, in a dramatic trial by media. People can be unwittingly in the wrong place at the wrong time. Too-perfect beauty or sound must be from plastic surgery, photoshopped or auto-tuned, we tell ourselves. Employees working from home apparently can’t be trusted by some employers to be productive. Good people can be framed, or their identities stolen. DNA evidence can be planted. Company reputations appear only as good as their last action, not their decades of service, contribution and value generated.

Do we punish uncertainty, even when the right thing happens?

Financial auditors, medical test technicians, oil drillers, weather forecasters, medical imaging experts and structural surveyors can sample and pass opinion but not guarantee certainty. We settle for their professional opinion, only as the lessor of two evils. Insurance assessors can estimate probability, but not guarantee outcome. We pay the premium but resent the price.  Juries can look for court evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt, but hate the process, rarely finding a perfect set of evidence, or witnesses (I know, I’ve been that juror). Human relationships survive on moral premise,transactional trade, love, blind faith and simmering trust in the meantime.

Added to the potent mix above, education is effective in training us to be critics and sceptics. But does it do enough to inspire all of us to be the best we can be? Shaping us to be critics and sceptics does make progress a bumpy ride for all those lining the journey.

The time and place for tolerance?

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When some malignant cancerous cells attack a moderate body, the survival of that body is at risk and a strong medical policy and active response is needed.

We can argue about the contributing causes of the cancer and fret about the aftermath following the treatment, but swift and comprehensive action is still needed since the cancer isn’t about to back down.

So it is with the World’s response to the ISIS threat.

Tory politics

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Make necessary economic changes and you’ll be labelled morally evil.

Make no changes and you’ll be labelled insensitive and indecisive.

Make fast cuts and you’ll be labelled racist, nationalist, evil or naive.

Try to cut back on illegal immigration and people will want you take correspondingly more Syrian refugees instead.

Make any speeches to explain or inspire and you’ll be branded ‘all talk, no action.’

Keep taxing London to fund the rest of the UK and Wales plus Scotland reward you by voting against the Tories on masse. For good measure, the youth of London, in their wisdom, vote against you as well!

The more you try to listen to the range of views inside the Tory party, the more anti-Tory voters brand all Tories as a force of evil.

Try to get support for EU reform and you’ll be branded idealistic and naive by UK voters and EU leaders alike!

Who would want to go into politics in any party, given the voter discontent no matter what happens.

Social Comment (again)

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Mirror – less about skin-deep feedback. More a way of looking into your conscience.

We get told technology will save us, but how come every time another teenager gets stabbed in the middle of the day in a crowded part of London, the CCTV is too blurry, the police alert so slow, the punishment so low tech and the education that might solve the problem at source, so low tech for the user? We have 3D printers that can print out all kinds of building materials yet we have a massive housing shortage. Why can’t these two things be joined up? We have electric and hybrid cars. We have pollution-absorbing man-made materials and air vents. But central London has streets with incredibly levels of air pollution. Why can’t technology be deployed on this yesterday?