Do They Actually Listen to What They Say?

Can one get caught up in emotional, aggressive, Rude,insulting, potentially abusive, questionable and irrelevant comments and still claim to be honestly seeking the truth?

I have been observing our politicians over the last few weeks, from all major and minor Parties and Independents. Specifically in Australia, however, when I looked beyond this country out to the global community, I noticed a consistency with what I had observed here.

There appears to be a Mission statement among political leaders that proclaims, “For the good of the Country!” Was what was happening truly for the good of the country?  Was the proclaimed agenda the same as the actual agenda?

I was challenged with what I observed. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to ask, if the running of countries is done as a business. What kind of Business Leadership was I observing?

This led me to contemplate and then ask a couple of things, Could business, in general, run successfully, with this style of Leadership that I was observing? Also, were politicians’ throughout the world truly offering Leadership to their constituents in the best possible form? I won’t go there in this post, but it could lead to some interesting contemplation.

Can? Does? business run successfully with an overtly aggressive and abusive leadership.

Obviously it must still be able run, albeit, with challenges, when you note  organisations such as  “The Boss Whisperer” promoting their business.

I know that for myself, I do not work in an efficient manner when there is aggressive management roaring around. It brings out my doubt in my ability. Consequently I do not perform at my optimal level.

It strikes me that if we all had a better understanding of how we process, were willing to look at how that positioned us in our work environment, (or even our personal life),  and allow ourselves to ask the question, “Could we do this differently, better”? Then the world could be a better place!

Could it be that there are a variety of ways that different people could chose to see things? And all of them could be correct responses.

Could it be that there are a variety of responses to any one issue? And all of them could be correct responses.

Could it be that there are varieties of beliefs and values? And all of them are quite acceptable from an objective perspective?

I know from my perspective, the more I understand how I process, what motivates my beliefs and values, how I work more effectively with specific guidelines, the better able I am to create around me an environment where I can work more efficiently and effectively.

With my lack of in-depth awareness, I may be wrong, however, I could be forgiven for believing that the interchange we see amongst politicians in parliament and in the media is an unnecessary and irrelevant part of governing a country.

I am absolutely sure that it is unnecessary and irrelevant part of running a business.

Whether our ultimate goal is to run a country or run a successful business, improving its bottom line and increasing its productivity and efficiency, the ways to do it are consistent. When we focus on the goal rather than attacking people, we have a far greater chance of succeeding.

If you are interested in learning more about your way of processing. I am happy to do a complementary profile of your profile using the Enneagram Typing Instrument. This will give you an overview and general understanding of the possibility of how you process and what drives you.

Just mail me at austin@austinparry.com and I will arrange to forward the link to you. Once completed I will return the results to you. Where you choose, I can offer further support.

Self knowledge is the road to self mastery. The more i know who I am, the better I am at marketing me to the outside world. The better I am as assessing objectively what is going on in any given situation.

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Posted on April 12, 2011, in Business, growing, honesty, leadership, Management, openness. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Welcome to the world of blogs Austin.
    That Boss Wisperer positioning is interesting … another way to segment the coaching market.

    Mike Fox

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