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Federal Politics! What is a Real Team.

“The fundamental rule for any team is to place the interests of the team above the interests of any of the individual team members.” (“Absolute Leadership” by Joseph Tigani, page 147.)

He goes on to say, “An Absolute Team comprises of individuals who are guided and united to willingly act to achieve collectively shared and valued outcomes.”

There is a story that suggests that one of Australia‘s greats in Rugby league saw himself above fitting in with the Team process and was let go, much to the disgust of the followers, yet the team performed far better when all agreed to conform to the team requirements.

As I watch the processes of Federal politics, I can’t help question what true Leadership is all about and how a real team performs in the present scenario.

It has been said that a media mogul had called for a major attempt to totally destabilize the Labor party.

The role of the opposition in a game of putting the main team off their game.

We have just seen the Queensland State of Origin Rugby League team making sweeping statements about the New South Wales team.

We will in the actual game, usually quite near the beginning, both teams rough each other up to attempt to force them to  lose focus from the game in hand.

The art form of the team is to work together to prevent the loss of focus. To continue to keep fully focused on the task at hand:- to win the game.

It was quoted by a politician that: “Divided we fall” . If only the individuals within the team could defocus from their own personal agendas and unite behind the teams singular objective.

Unfortunately, I am not in the position of being able to coach any of the politicians in Federal politics. It would be a great challenge to have that opportunity, the only issue is whether any of them would listen.

Coaching can only occur when the person who is in need of the coaching is open to being coached. How willing are you to be open to changing the way you do things.

How well does your team actually work together? Are you truly focused on the teams agenda or on your own?

In politics it seems like a dog eat dog world. The team seems to only have validity when it serves the individuals needs, rather than the other way when the individual serves the teams needs.

Maybe we are not able to instantly change our political system, even though it is worth attempting to do so. Similarly it may have value to convince the team not to succumb to the media’s attempt to disrupt the team. Or even to flag to the media that we question their agenda.

However, the most important lesson to me is that we focus on the teams that we are part of in our daily life and work. Ensuring that our major focus is on bringing about the agenda of the team, rather than our own personal agenda.

If your team is not working as it ought, contact me, there are a variety of things that can be done to get the team running as it ought.

If you have the chance to influence the political team similarly, go for it.

Thanks for listening. Catch you soon.

Are you the Leader you could be? Would you like to be?

How good are you at being the Leader?

Do you achieve all you wish to achieve and more in your business?

Do you know how to take your business to the next level?

It is so easy to dream about where you would like things to be! Yet so hard to know what to do to get them there. Isn’t it?

If only everyone would play their part in the business seriously. Take their roles responsibly. Wouldn’t it be great? Then you wouldn’t have to get so frustrated, checking on everyone all the time, to make sure everything is done.

What can you do to show everyone that you are the Leader, that your business has great value and that it is a great place to work?

I actually use a method defined in “Absolute Leadership”, by Joseph Tigani.

There is only one way to truly get it and that is to experience it. Until that happens, here is an overview of the process

However, the steps are put together to assist you to work out where you are at this moment, what is working and what is not. Also where you actually want to go and whether there is congruence between the two.

Having found where you really want to go, the question is, “what needs to change to achieve that end result?”

How open are you to brainstorming your present environment? It can actually be fun to do that in a none threatening environment, where no one will pay out on you for the fault and failures of the past, but rather compliment you for being willing to be so honest.

With that under our belt, we take a short journey to see what it is that truly excites us. The motivation for change comes from the excitement that is created by a new vision. What is it about your new vision that gets you revved up and willing to put time and effort into an activity?

So you have this small group of people who work for you? How well do you know them? How well do they know you? Do they trust you? How well do they understand your motivation for running your business? Do they know about your passion?

What can you do better to improve all these things? What processes can you put in place, within the team, to improve their understanding  of what you are all about? There are lots, believe me, we just need to work out the best for your situation.

This understanding will lead to a better team, where all are working with a common vision, a common purpose. So that the business will begin to hum along brilliantly.

Finally, what do we put in place that measures the movement and growth?

What do we put in place to make sure that everything is monitored to see that all is running smoothly?

Each business requires specific feedback to be put in place so that the system is monitored in such a way that you can let it run on automatic, relying on the checks and balances that you have put in place assure you that all is running smoothly.

This is real Leadership, Absolute Leadership, where the business runs like a well oiled machine with minimal interference from you, but where you still know what is going on at any time.

If you would like to be this Leader with a business that pleases you, with everyone working together as a happy team and you are making money with far less stress than before. Get in contact with me.

Let us have a chat to see whether you qualify to be one of my clients and whether I believe you have what it takes to create the ideal business.

My email is austin@austinparry.com

I work anywhere in the world by phone or Skype. If you are in my local area we can do face to face.

Here’s to your success as a Real Leader.

What is Real Leadership for You?

Recently I have been involved with different people who all seemed to have their own ide as to what being a Leader was all about.

One seemed to feel it was getting everyone to follow, without question, the directions that they were giving as to how things ought to be done.

It was also interesting to observe those who were being given these directions. There we a great vacuum in the area of passion, nobody seemed to be motivated, at all, to respond to the directions, they did, however, it was with a cool detachment, even a sort of passive resistance response.

Another was extremely open with what they expected, a very vague communication of requirements. ‘Just do what you feel is best to achieve so and so’, was the directive.

Interesting to observe that in this case there was still a great deal of frustration and questionable energy. People were in a real state of loss and confusion about what was really being expected of them. Total uncertainty, total lack of productivity, what got achieved was more good luck than good management.

Are these two your model or have you another possibility in your stable as to what good leadership is all about.

 

I will awair comments as to your perception of good leadership and come back with other thoughts soon.

Mindset of Leaders

I have been reading a book by Carol S. Dweck called “mindset: the new psychology of success.

Dweck differentiates between two types of mindset. 1. Fixed mindset and 2. Growth mindset.

Initially she suggests that depending on our early influences, birth, family, educators.

From a leadership point of view, I am intrigued that both of these group have within them people who have become identified as leaders. Yet the leadership that is given can differ quite dramatically.

One leader can believe that things all have a place and ought to be in their place. Many of these leaders are influenced majorly by fundamental belief systems that proclaim this is the way things are intended to be. This is the fixed mindset leader.

Their leadership is fairly dogmatic, though it could be very benevolent and caring. However, there is no room left for questioning or offering a different option.

Another can be a the growth mindset leader who is aware that today failures pave the way to tomorrows successes. There is an openness to new possibilities. This form of leadership is always open to doing things better.

Which of these is correct?

A fixed mindset leader I would be going all out to prove to you that I was correct, the growth mindset leader, in their wisdom, would not attempt to change a fixed mindset person. It appears unfortunately the there is a, “No correspondence will be entered into”, policy. The jury for the fixed mindset leader is not “Still out,” but rather has passed their verdict and gone home.

A growth mindset leader is one who does not believe they have all the answers and as such will be open to consider options, there is no need to prove they have all the answers as they don’t believe they have. The belief is that development can occur, growth is possible, new awareness’s and ideas will manifest.

There is a massive optimism for the growth mindset leader. There is always a better way and we will search for it.

The fixed mindset leader is a very limiting place to be as there is no room for change, growth, development and new ideas. it is a very negative place to be as in essence there is no chance of anything different occurring.

Personally, today’s climate in business, politics, relationships, religious faith would be a better place if the focus of our leaders was on what could be, on growth and development.

As I continue to listen to the political debate in Australia, the UK, Europe, New Guinea, the USA, throughout the world; as I listen to the religious debate similarly throughout the world, I hear so much fixed mindset leadership, all fighting to preserve the status quo.

My prayer is that people as a whole will search for growth mindset leaders. leaders who will listen, question, ask why this way, could it be that way? Open to rethinking ways to do all that we do, so that it is more relevant, more efficient, more humane, more in touch with truth, honesty and integrity.

We are getting better and more of these leaders are materialising, however, the more of us who get on board, the soon it will reach a tipping point.

What about this Leadership thing

There has been a long running discussion about what Leadership is:

Some would feel that it is the ability of the few-given at birth by some choice of a raffle wheel.

Some would suggest that if your parents took you under their wing at an exceptionally early age and gave you special training and mentoring then you would automatically show leadership traits.

Still others would say that anyone could learn to apply the skills of Leadership to their life and apply them in their day to day activities.

Interestingly there is probably some truth in all of these, however, none of them are the only way.

Yes your genes, your DNA, your experience in a past life, (if you want to go there) may have certainly started you out well equipped for a life of Leadership ability.

Your parent early on in life could similarly have given great example, introduced you too the correct role models, encouraged you in the skills that go to make a great Leader.

However, even if both of these were missing, the ability to become a Leader is not lost. There are countless examples of people in history who had absolutely none of the first category of being born a leader, nor the second category of being mentored as one. Yet became important critical Leaders in their neighborhood, their business, their country.

 

What they did have was the desire to be the best person that they could be. The willingness to do whatever was necessary to be that person. The discipline it would take to keep working at being the best they could be, even when it was a hard task.

All of this is motivated by a desire to be an objective person. One who cares for others and desires to nurture them and also the desire to serve. All genuine Leaders are out to serve their fellow humans in the belief that this will bring about the best outcomes.

There are skills in learning how to implement the art of leadership. There are really not very hard at all. However, the desire to implement them has to be there.

Are you truly serious about becoming the Leader that you have the potential to be. Let me know. I may be able to help you. The results could be astronomical.

Traits of a Great Leader- Integrity.

During last week I watch the DVD of “Robin Hood”.

I had put off getting this DVD because I ad heard doubtful comments about it.

They were wrong.

It was a powerful movie with a great deal of memorable occasions in it.

Even more though it characterized a variety of Leadership styles.

I have chosen the trait of integrity as this was a common theme.

According to the first definition I found on Google, Integrity is “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”

Wikipedia says this is hard to define because moral principles are subjective.

However there are some generalisations of the definition. In western society there is a broad understanding of what moral principles and moral uprightness requires.

In Robin Hood, Robin himself, answers King Richard, the Lion heart, honestly when asked, the King  reneges on his promise, Honesty and keeping one’s word are truly a part of integrity. In this incided, Richard did not show integrity.

King John, Richard’s brother who inherited the throne is even more lacking in integrity.

The character of Robin Hood is painted as showing great integrity.

1. Going out of his way to keep the promises that he has chosen to make.

2. Being a person who sees the injustice, greed and inconsistency of many of the players who come from the side of politics, religion and royalty.

3. Being a person who is compassionate and understands what it is like to suffer.

4. Being someone who does not use his power primarily for his own purposes, but for the good of all. He did use subterfuge to get back to England, however, he attached it to a promise that he made to get the crown home. Profit is acceptable as long as no one is disenfranchised.

5. He does not take advantage of Marion, even though he has been virtually given permission to.

It seems that it could be said that the whole story has been written to contrast the integrity of the political and Royalty of the 11th Century BCE with Robin Hood’s integrity.

I believe the picture has done this well. Like Braveheart from a Scottish perspective. These movies portray aspects of history that could have been completely different if the powers that be had shown a much greater level of integrity in the way they dispensed the Law and Justice.

To me I believe that Integrity come high up on the list of traits, very close to actually be number one.

What are your thoughts? Let me know.

Traits of a great Leader. Number 2. Passion.

Following on from last weeks post on the first trait of a great Leader. Today’s trait is passion.

All great leaders show an incredible belief,  a drive that is overpowering. Their motivation is unstoppable. They eat sleep and breath their major focus. They are passionate.

There is an awareness that “there is no way the world could exist without this”.

Passion does not emanate from left hemisphere thinking, it is not logical, analytical, structured or controlled. Rather it has a high emotional drive associated with it.

This kind of drive defies logic. The logical mind has a great deal of challenge dealing with anything that is passionate. We ask, “how can someone be so driven that they would override standard rules”? “Why would someone work 18 hours a day on some silly project”? How come someone would be willing to keep changing the way things are done in the search for their dream”?

Passion drives us on when we have reached the point of giving up on a project, yet somehow still keep working on it with a renewed vigor.

Passion has us continue to work through the challenges of a project when, no matter how many hurdles we have jumped, we are always ready and enthusiastic to jump the next one and the next one, knowing that sooner or later we will reach our goal. We will achieve.

The journey to achieve the impossible has been inspired by passion. Interestingly enough, if the passion is great enough, somehow, the impossible becomes attainable.

Without passion there is a temptation to give up so much sooner. Somehow, the limitations are accepted much easier if there is no passion in the mix.

The passion to achieve an Olympic medal can drive an athlete to achieve above and beyond the realm of usual achievement.

You are a Leader. How passionate are you? Do you inspire both yourself and those you lead to look within and achieve above and beyond the standard response?

Do you inspire those you lead to look deep within themselves and find that extra that they were unaware was there?

The beauty of this is that when trait two, passion, is linked with trait one, humility, we can see that the great leader is so totally focused on task at hand that there is no ego drive involved, the total energy focus is on empowerment, not on self aggrandizement.

Passion powerfully focused nurtures others, it encourages others, it excites others, the dream is caught, owned and acted upon.

Passion is contagious.

How passionate are you about the tasks you are involved in. If not, as Zig Ziglar said, “Maybe you need a check up from the neck up”. Maybe you need a coach who will work with you to assist you to find and name you passion?

Drop me an email. austin@austinparry.com

Traits of a great Leader. Number 1

The other week I posted a question on Facebook asking what people believed were the traits of a good leader.

I received six responses which was great.

They were: humility, passion, unwavering vision, integrity, ability to lead and inclusiveness.

Each of these has very good value.

The first one mentioned is humility.

One of the biggest challenges for people working in an organization is to have a manager, an overseer, a leader who is so caught up with looking good, impressing their next level of management, needing to affirm that they know it all.

Especially when they know for certain that the decisions the person is making are totally focused in the wrong direction.

It is a bit like watching the majority of politicians of all persuasions and from most countries, so caught up in looking good, sounding definitive, appearing in control, creating assurance, yet as the observer, it being so easy to see through the bluff, through the BS, the waffle, the half truths spoken in hope, the “fingers crossed” proclamations that rely on no-one calling them to task. Their inability to admit to making a mistake.

A bit like proclaiming that black is white and then when someone categorically points out that black is black and white is white, stating that they never really meant that black was white and how they had been misrepresented.

Elusive in their dealings with the truth!

I would place this trait of humility high on the agenda. When someone is humble, there is an honesty about them. There is no BS. What you see is what you get.

If there is a stuff up, then the humble leader will acknowledge what has gone wrong. If there is misunderstanding then the humble leader will be totally open to re-expressing the concern so all understand.

Humility stands high on the requirement list for a leader. As a leader where do you stand on that specific trait? Can you in all honesty admit to being humble?

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