Saturday, 30 May 2009
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Monday, 25 May 2009
Traditional 'economics' is out-of-date and effectively 'dead' ... and Poweromics* has had its day too ...
But what will replace it and when will it be replaced ... some of us are already working out the answers** ... as a few highly insightful leaders predicted it over 20 years ago ..."
World Bank warns that the global economic crisis could lead to serious social upheaval.
So Frank Field is not alone - he's being joined by the Head of the World Bank too. Robert Zoellick said yesterday "If we do not take measures, there is a risk of a serious human and social crisis with very serious political implications."
Mr Zoellick suggested governments should start preparing for high levels of unemployment, whilst the retiring Bank of England rate-setter David Blanchflower has said at least one million more people in the UK will lose their jobs and there is a real risk of a lost generation.
Are they right, wrong, or could it be much worse than this ...?
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Posted on Robert Peston's blog (comment 143)
Indebted Britain ? I think we know that ...
Bankrupt Britain ... ? I think there are more questions to ask ...
Tell us the robust plan to pay back all the extra debt we're taking on and at the same time create 21st century products and services that ...
1. People around the world want and are willing to pay for
2. Will create millions of jobs in the UK, and
3. Will systematically reduce our trade deficits and national borrowing ... *
Next question ... how are we nurturing and accelerating creativity/innovation to develop these new products and services?
Next question - how are we adopting 21st Century leadership and management to enable both the above?
I've been in meetings with Ministers and the CBI - and guess what ... when difficult questions like these are asked they are all 'weighed, measured and found wanting' ...
David Clift, a Future 500 Leader
... He has said in the face of a "morally bankrupt" government the union is to consult its members about putting up union candidates in future general elections.
Mark Serwotka said they had been considering the prospect for some time, because it was concerning that on many big issues all the main parties agreed, for example with privatising post offices.
One hundred years after the unions decided it needed a labour party to represent the people, the left of the party had effectively been silenced, he said.
"We will ballot members on whether the time has come to intervene directly," he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.
Click here to see the BBC news article.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
There's been a lot of 'fog' created recently, since MP's have been forced to take a look in the 'mirror' ... but the outcome? ... more smoke and mirrors?
Some have made reference to 'Gentlemen's Clubs' ... but are they "Gentlemen'? - 'True Gentlemen'? ... 'True Gentlemen' are honorable people who take responsibility and are people we can trust, respect and look up to ...
MP's have just forced the Speaker of the House of Commons to resign (the first time in over 300 years) in attempt to make him a scape goat and deflect attention away from their immoral behaviour ... honorable? taking responsibility? trust? respect ? Why aren't more of them resigning too? ... Is this just more 'smoke and mirrors'?
The MP's are debating another 'Club' in Parliament today too - the BBC - and agreeing how much extra we as tax payers will have to pay them in the future ... the chairman of the BBC Trust has said if it doesn't increase it'll be a threat to their independence (NB Poweromics* often involves creating fear), but are they really independent ...?
To answer this question we need to ask a few questions and recall a few facts about the BBC:
1. Where do the BBC get their money from? Answer = us, the tax payer.
2. Who decides the amount tax payers pay? Answer = the Government.
3. Who decides the future of the BBC? Answer = the Government.
Can anyone see a way the Government may also have a little influence over the BBC and its reporting too? Let's ask a couple more questions ...
4. Where did Lord Burt go to after leaving the BBC? Answer: The Government.
5. What was he doing as a close aide to Tony Blair? Answer: He wouldn't tell the Select Committee (despite being repeatedly asked)!
6. How much are BBC executives / stars paid? Remember the revelations back in 2006?
Did BBC 'journalists' really try to expose what MP's were up to, or just report on the journalism the Telegraph were actually doing (nb Jeremy Paxman has referred to the lack of proper Journalism in the past - and the fact that 'journalism' is very different to 'reporting') ...
Are BBC 'reporters' really an independent voice carrying out a civic duty for the benefit of the community (and paid for by us), or just part of the same 'club' the MP's are in?
Will the BBC 'fail to lead' too, or are they going to detail their pay, additional jobs, perks and expenses now too ...
David Clift, a Future 500 Leader
* POWEROMICS = People use position and power for their own personal gain, based on poor moral values, self interest and greed.
Added to Nick Robinson's "He Failed to Lead' blog (comment 540)
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
One aspect apparent when examining the "DNA of Failure" of leadership/management is the lack of definition and consensus about what they actually are! The second is how out-of-date most 'leadership' and 'management practices' actually are ... and the third is the lack of desire of people in 'power' to change them (but to drive/change other people instead) ...
So let's start with the 21st Century definition I use with next generation leaders:
* 21st Century Leadership is an 'Art' and about 'leading' People
Moving on further ...
* 21st Century Leadership = Inspiring People + Challenging People + Supporting People + Developing People
Given these definitions, are any politicians actually 'leading'? are any of politicians 'managing'? ... Perhaps we have to go back to way out-of-date 20th Century definitions of leadership and management ...
Traditional 'Management' = Tell People + Manage People + Drive Results ( = Transactional 'Leadership')
Are any of them doing this instead? ... if they are, don't expect any long term success coming from here ... just more Poweromics*, frustration, failure, and lots more ways to waste/steal tax payers money.
David Clift, a Future 500 Leader
* Poweromics = People using position and power for their own personal gain, based on poor moral values, self interest and greed.