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A Touch of Genius

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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

Albert Einstien

Leading with Trust

One of my pet peeves is people who use their personality as an excuse for their behavior. “I can’t help it, that’s just who I am” is the phrase that’s often uttered to rationalize or justify an action, position, or attitude. In some ways it’s almost the perfect defense to any argument, isn’t it? “You mean you want me to change who I am?” How can you ask someone to change the very essence of what makes them who they are?

There’s no doubt that our inborn temperament and  natural personality traits shape the way we perceive and react to our environment, however, we are in control of the way we choose to respond to situations. Part of being a successful and trusted leader is learning how to regulate your thoughts, emotions, and natural personality traits so that you can respond in a manner that is appropriate for the situation at…

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We don’t need all that cumbersome overhead of control and regulation – we have intelligence and ultimately common sense.

Give people responsibilty and gernerally they will behave responsibly. Treat pepple liek children and hey wil behave like children to test the boundaries…

Complexity Institute Blog

Via Scoop.itSelf-organizing systems

Fundamentally people behave in a social and rather compassionate and ‘good’ way rather than aggressively, even without specified rules.

Via www.physorg.com

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A common problem with Business leaders and Politicians is the “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you” patrician or dictarorial approach to feedback.

They all have so many gatekeepers when it comes to informing them of a problem that they end up seeing none of it, and end up being self-deluded and arrogant in the belief that they are not wrong.
Yesterday a UK policitician wanted to show how in touch with people by drawing on the “I spoke to an unemployed mother the other day”. Does he know that one out of thousands is not a representative sample, especially as that person was selected for him by researchers.

We live in a society that shoots the messangers. So the message is not getting through.

Leading with Trust

I would like to propose a workplace version of the Miranda Warning. You’re probably familiar with it, but if not, it’s the warning given by police officers in the United States to criminal suspects before they take them into custody and question them. The Miranda Warning (aka, Miranda Rights) goes like this:

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”

My workplace version of the Miranda Warning is to protect employees’ rights to make their own decisions and to remind over-controlling leaders to back off, quit grabbing control (because you think your way is the best and only way), and…

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Have you noticed that some people are just unwilling to accept the consequences of an extravagamt lifestyle?

Repeating the words that George Bush Snr. used in the 70′s and which informed a divisive and aggressive policy in the Middle East that has cost the lives of hundreds of US and allied forces would not seem to be a vote winner.

Believing that there is not a finite supply of fossil fuels and that burning them does not affect the environment is a sure sign that either Newt Gingrich is only thinking and planning for the short term.

What happens to the price of oil and the investment into the pipeline should any of these events occur.:

Earthquake in Yellowstone and the greatlakes area,
Large scale flooding (worse than before) in the mid wester states and the Missippi planes.
Tornado or hurriicane strike in pipeline and refinery areas
Discovery of fusion.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to utilise all the sunshine falling on these states rather than risk destroying the economy and environment just to keep the oil billionares happy? If they know no other way of making money why do they not hand it over to those of us who do:

solar panels, concave solar reflector satellites, tidal force generators (sea or inland), groundwater heat exchangers, biofuels (petrol and diesel).

We could have oil those things now, not in 15 years but for two things, Oil companies and banks.

“Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruellibel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”
– Albert Einstein

Could this be a Solution to Economic Crisis and the Future of Business?

The Importance of Philanthropy and The Rise of The Nonprofit Organisation

It takes an evolved individual to recognise that the only response that will solve this economic crisis is to give money away. The reasoning is simple; if you do not reinvest into the roots of society then its flower will surely whither.

There are any number of phrases and sayings that reinforce this, but a purely economic reasoning that underpins this is; if less money comes down from the top of the wealth pyramid than goes up, then there is going to be a ‘cash flow” problem.

The people at the bottom can’t create wealth or employment unless they are given something to work with, and if the governments print money it disappears in overhead, loan repayments and spiralling inflation, filtering upwards into the ‘safe’ commodity markets. Nature hates imbalance in all things and will always seek to achieve an equilibrium, the greater the imbalance, the bigger the impetus is to push back, which is why nonprofit organisations are the fastest growing sector in business today.

There is recognition here that there is significant pressure on decision makers in the private sector to provide substantial returns for their investors and this necessarily leads to questionable decisions being made. Banks who repackage high risk loans, energy companies who falsify oil reserves or cut corners with safety, food and drink manufacturers who bulk with addictive and harmful chemicals, you name it. The irony is that this does not necessarily represent greed as many of the share holders are pension funds trying to provide security for the old at the cost of a future for the young.

Nonprofits are free of these pressures, because of donations and accounting rules all transactions are transparent. Salaries are open to scrutiny and bonuses non excitant. Other businesses find that they prefer to deal with the nonprofit organisation as there are no hidden agendas a trust reputation relationship is easier to establish; equally there may even be the possibility of positive PR!

The lesson of the Chinese monkey trap is clear; the monkey is trapped by his desire to acquire the fruit and his inability to let go of it when it is in his grasp. It takes a lot of courage to trust and let go, by some it is called “a leap of faith”.

“Be the change you want to see

– Mohandas Mahatma Ghandi

“Society is judged by the way it treats its prisoners”

Prisoners straight into work programme
“Ex-offenders who claim jobseekers allowance will be immediately referred to the Government’s Work Programme, and employers will be paid for the number of criminals they employ, it has been announced.”

If you treat people less than fairly, do not expect them to play by the rules;

I predict that this scheme will not work, as prisoners will prefer to break their licences rather than to remain on a placement that by necessity will take on the shape of a “chain gang”

For how else will employers trust them?

Prison and Custody officers are taught “Behaviour breeds behaviour”, give respect and you get respect back. I once asked one of the most profliic young offenders in Gloucestershire what it would take to stop him committing crime, he replied “A house, a car, and a job”.

How does this scheme change the twin problems of crime and the poverty that causes it?

Is it only criminals that live in fenced in properties with automatic gates, security guards and bars on the windows?

Where else in society do we find examples of the “something for nothing” culture, so pervasive that our young adults see it as an expectation?

The Chinese monkey trap is an ingenous device, it is a cage far too small to contain a monkey, but it is big enough to hold fruit. Once a monkey reaches in to the cage and takes hold of his prize, his paw becomes too big to retract from the cage. It is his reluctance to let go off his prize that traps him, thus it is with our society today, we are all trapped by the reluctance to let go;
Joblessness and poverty cause depression, addiction, crime, and broken families. Who knew?

“Be the change you wish to see” – Mohatma Ghandi

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