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Let me tell you how I see it: Too often the key functions in an organisation are held by incompetent managers who really have no idea what they are doing. Owing to this lack of knowledge and experience these leaders employ people below them to delegate tasks to. These 2nd tier employees then employ people below them to do the same. None of these individuals are trained properly, given proper job expectations and will ever have the strength of character to challenge the bosses decisions. Off course the boss knows all of this as its the reason why he employed them in the first place…
I often talk about the incompetence of civil service, but today I want to give a big thumbs up to how the home affairs department is pulling itself together. Long the bane of many South African’s life, home affairs used to be a non-stop queue of bureaucracy, procedure and running around in circles. It appears as though things have changed…
This is a post form Steve Dennings blog entitled ‘What Values are Driving Your Organization?’
I recently promoted the new LeadSA initiative on my blog and twitter account, saying what a fantastic idea it was and how important it is for our sense of national identity and patriotism. The publicity and attention it gained was noteworthy and for many individuals it was an outlet to dedicate their focus and efforts for a better country. Not a week later, LeadSA was completely overtaken by stories of the largest national strike in our democracy’s history.
The Harvard Business Review recently published an address by HBS professor Clay Christensen to his graduating class of 2010. His speech was on how to apply his principles and thinking to the personal lives of his students rather than just their careers. Entitled “How will you measure your life?”, Christensen captured many key points which resonated deeply with my own thinking and which I have found of huge value in my own personal life.
I am so excited about Lead South Africa, the new Primedia initiative which was launched this last week.
I think it is a fantastic initiative and well done to Primedia for catalyzing this initiative. A few months ago I wrote a post entitled It’s Time to Galvanise about the need for national pride, unity and a spirit of Ubuntu in this country. The Lead South Africa initiative is giving South Africans the outlet to do just. I totally subscribe to the aims and objectives and encourage all South Africans to get involved.
The 2010 Fifa World Cup ended recently and it appears, much like Germany in 2006, that post-world cup depression has temporarily set in. This depression is a trivial event, given the title owing to how it affects a nation once they no longer have anything to look forward to. The fanfare has passed, day to day life is returning and many people are wondering what next?
“An organisation is in rapid decline when the mental models (paradigms) of the leadership team are depreciating faster than their relative level of authority.” – Gary Hamel. When I saw this quote by Gary Hamel, I automatically thought back to a blog I wrote a few months back entitled: Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks? It questioned how often senior executives take steps to keep progressing the foundations of their paradigms and how up to date they are with the developing world.
“The longer you are down in the trenches, the more you mistake the edge of your rut for the horizon.” – Gary Hamel. This quote by Gary Hamel summizes how many organisations seem to be run. Not with clear vision and perspective but rather with panicked trench warfare and crisis management. Whilst this is sometimes necessary, it is critical that the leaders of the organisation get out of the trenches to be able to see which direction to guide the organisation.