Today Strategies that really work are far and in-between; WHY? You may ask. Mainly it’s because they don’t “make everyone happy”, or work the way they were intended to, mostly they were poorly executed or planned. These aspects were the most common reasons strategies failed in the past, and also the most obvious today still. However, the devil is in the detail, now we see a new phenomenon, and it creates an astronomical moral, ethical and social dilemma.
Especially where strategies of leaders are involved, then there is almost certainly money involved (the root of all evil), and some greedy people to. Now we have to guard against moral decay, the likes of greed, corruption, and on the other side of this horrendous affair, we still have the old favourites, flawed; planning, execution and business assumptions, all because of misguided intent and poorly trained, educated, capacitated, and “competent” people.
Some pearls of wisdom about new leaders, their ways and ideology. With leadership in general today; we detect a total emphasis that have shifted, form efficiency and effectiveness, to human rights; everything needs to suffer so that equality can prevail, and so that “everyone will be happy”. Even moral and ethical obligation has suffered a horrific blow, all in order to accommodate fairness, and the compass to truth, has been glued on a politically endorced North, so that no one can or dare get it wrong anymore…
Then people that influence our strategies should be closely watched. It’s never just the ideas they have, or the plan that’s all important; it’s the planning of the bits and pieces that go into strategy with which to execute such a plan with and the people who has a hand in doing so, that is of paramount importance. They stop at the idea phase, implementation is outsourced to someone they think is up to the job, or know well.
Ideology and planning of it, only survives for n few minutes after it was conceived, if it was done to keep people happy, then with some time passing, it becomes useless, and then it’s all left in the hands of the cognitive people, hopefully wise in the detail of things…to sort out the mess.
However, we seem to do quite the opposite today of what strategic wisdom teaches us; we seem to be giving dim-wits the jobs, and leaving them in charge of this detail. When it was CEO’s – Chief Executive officers jobs before. This becomes fatal to the organisation, especially when we gamble with people’s lives, or livelihood. Even more so in complex situations; we may rely too heavily on planners planning and forecasting and then by implication underestimate the importance of random factors that influence details in our internal as well as external environment. We need to understand that the plan is an estimation of what is to come, and the time, resources and finances involved are at best assumptions.
Plans in essence therefore have become worthless, just minutes after they were signed off. We require a time continuum. Continued and ongoing daily, weekly and monthly detailed planning, this aspect is essential; we require this continuum, a time spiral continuum, where cognitive people keep overseeing the planning ongoing and both current…they measure, and calculate and keep things within budget and time. We need to do strategy today cognitively.
Cognitively; refers to a psychology; a cognitive science, relating to the process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition, or perception and incorporating science, as process and structures, to measure, and mange. This is connected with recognizing and understanding things, and thereby informing us of how they work. So this aspect is what makes our strategies work well if we apply it?
All fair and well. Now enter emotion, and greed, and the whole cocktail changes colour and taste. A life worth living, living a life that matters most to us humans has always been at the core, where we need to do things that matter to us, for it to make sense and have worth.
Studies revealed that the underlying driving force behind people who succeed: is to find happiness, and by the same token get ahead. All good and well you may think, nothing new there…
However? In our pursuit of happiness and getting ahead, some have now corrupted this system, and hijacked it to the extreme. What if personal aspirations, and pursuits start interfering with very complex issues, affecting millions, of people. Then it becomes complex; when you analyse and ask what is your definition of happiness? When will you be happy? And what makes you happy? Are you happy now? Define Happy? Then we seem lost to the plot.
What translates from this, is our current situations, very noticeable and erupting globally; where people think it’s their right, either as an elite, or an minority to be happy, no matter the consequences. “If we the poor can’t have houses and jobs then we will burn everyone’s house and even factories”. Our moral and both ethical compass is glued to a false North.
They want their happiness to keep growing, they don’t understand, that you can’t become happier with having more. Happiness is a state of mind, and not a state of wealth. Can you be more-happy? Happy-ier, and then most-happiest? Does happiness ever grow, or seize to grow at some point, so that we first have to be very un-happy on our way back to being happy again? Perception drives people to pursue anything they think will be worth having, without contemplation. We have ushered in a new age, a new generation of instant gratification addicts, with this thinking of ours. In strategic circles we want to deliver, and have “happy” customers, piers, investors, and people in general. However, do we ever contemplate the consequences of our own actions, when looking at the cause and effect of our strategies, in helping to make some people very happy?
So what does happiness have to do with strategic terms then?
Some say, that our lives are the sum of our actions, driven by our “shadows”…
Where shadows describes those aspects that burden us, weighs us down, keeps us awake at night, that steal our joy, or preserves it, our conscience. We all know that man is driven by; desires, fears, and ambitions: as well as infinite hope, a strong feeling of wanting to be successful in life and achieve great things swarms us all. Mainly, it’s because society in general cast this expectation on all of us, to get up and go, to know right from wrong, and to respect others. This is how you will be measured. Our dark side some believe drives us faster and harder to change and act, and not our soul, or spirit, or our pursuit of happiness.
Where these thoughts contain certain other beliefs, that starts manifesting through a driver, either a; desire, fear, weakness, or a bunch of beliefs manifesting out of fear. Then we function with and from, the personal, self-centred paradigm, our shadow. There is also a common belief in conformity to self preservation or self annihilation; therefore we conform to practices, rules, and also religion, culture and beliefs, with the hope of controlling our shadows – this can do one of two things; either save us, or annihilate us.
We all have to sink or swim with our choices, with the gravity of strategy. All brought on by the shadow cast upon us by society and its burden’s and demands, as well as circumstances… very difficult, we are in essence fed by the neglected and repressed collectives values, that make sure we know our place, through the measure of success we have, and no one is ever happy if they are not king of the castle, then you’re that other guy, the dirty rascal.
Whose duty is it then to produce new leaders that can lead us, some of those not so brave stands up and speak their mind, some not so wise get to make a speech to thousands, some not so educated move men with violent actions? Is this the new age? Very dangerous liaisons, to have around young and feeble minds. Especially as examples of leaders and leadership, in most instances disastrous. The ability to see the misguided intent of some men, of their collective actions, eludes us if we are not alert and wise. This then gives us a sense of not belonging, being neglected, feeling alone, abandoned without support or even hope at stages of our life and development, where support is crucial for full adult development. Where we have to make the hard decisions in life, we don’t, because we had no examples to follow, and then still having to suffering from the misfortune of poverty, of not having cognitive freedom, or intellectual and financial freedom. This relates to dissipating critical thinking by individuals. We are being robbed of this, our gift… people want everything to be discussed and rubber stamped in a collective without true leaders, the trust and competence of one’s own principles has to seize, or has gone already… it is becoming way to dangerous to follow your own head, that of your own free will, your own path.
Thoughts, and thinking have become our enemy, with everyone now getting an education to some degree; they too, want to express their views freely, but without restraint. Because we have constitutional rights now, the thing with too much freedom is this, it gets to a point where it becomes a prison, for some, and dams others to live without recourse or protection, from the over zealous, eager and strong free willed whooligans and criminals, feeding on the free. You are truly Dammed if you do have ultimate freedom, and dammed if you don’t. Lessons have to be learned here… No democratic freedom comes without a price, no country ever died from too much democracy and freedoms; they all died with the noose of too many corrupt officials, crime, and a bloated government around their throats.
This aspect also represents a remembered of a distant free past, when we were all free to do what we wanted, no rules apply, and no nothing applied. A primitive state of existence, an indiscriminate aspect of the human physique, the primitive mind, takes over when we have no rules, no restraints, it then gives us the ability to function without the luxury of wisdom, thus purely instinctively, as our primitive forefathers did.
The enlightenment of mind is there for a good reason some believe, and that reason is for restraint of actions, and freedoms attained, especially the cognitive part, requires a capacity for reasoning, and conceptualisation (the ability to see things take form in the mind, to project into the future, to predict with a great amount of certainty the results thereof with certainty, just by thinking about them), where we see mentally long before, “the full comprehension of a situation unfolds” and becomes apparent as a reality.
Everyone now having learned to read think they can now master any enterprise. This is not the case, everyone having learned to read has merely succeeded in corrupting the system of enlightened thinking, with noise…politics and propaganda, the knowledge first people, destroys, wisdom first creates, this is the rule. But while the ability to choose is generally a good thing, too much freedom of choice is crippling us with indecision and making us unhappy, claims the new research.
This is genius, knowing that we require wisdom first and then knowledge to create, the opposite just destroys. Wisdom only comes with much experience, education and training of mind. With exercising both restraint and conscience. The true pursuit of wisdom and knowledge opens this portal. Opposed to the primitive, un-stimulated mind, that only has the capacity of acting consistent with repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, and instincts, observable of an animal like nature, and then acting out, where survival is what drives it and it alone. And no matter the cost. Where opposed to this, the enlightened mind only seeks content working towards happiness…
All these things are in people’s heads, why don’t we all go mad then, or all become sane?
When we don’t have set concrete expectations for our selves, and our future, we drift along like driftwood. Then our expectations change daily, we swing with perception, we become emotionally driven, we have no roots in the critical, all our thoughts are inline with our perceived reality changing, either way, for the better or for the worst…the mind has an adaptive mechanism to cope with this anomaly, to switch from pure rational thought to automated instinctive primitive emotionally driven actions, where we move away from reasoning, towards fighting with words, and then getting physical. Then we see how fine this distinction becomes.
This cardinal aspect; COGNATIVITY – being connected with critical thinking, a building energy becomes thoughts, therefore everything is dictated by thought, driven by fear, and validated by public perception…that in turn is only informed by peoples own desires; fears, and ambitions… people want to be “HAPPY” remember… ? At what cost?
It seems that we will never succeed if our main aim with strategy is just to want to make everyone happy. Some people are just not capable of being or receiving happiness at all. Mahatma Gandhi said “Life is pain, princess . . . anyone who says differently is selling something”.
We can do this thing called strategy two ways then. We can either sell something or we can go through the pain of planning critically in time spirals, in a seamless continuum it seems, in step with change and time. Therefore, we can do the thing right, or do the right thing, we are free to choose remember, some choose with moral responsibility in mind, others with their own agendas. This just proves that we are in fact not all created equal…
All attempts to answer this question of equality/ freedom, democracy has failed, when looking at universal ways of reconciling humanity’s ways into one, by virtue of, cultures, religions, and wisdom, both with the help of scientific, philosophical, and religious disciplines, and views with practices into one unified Worldview on freedom, it all failed at some point.
We stand divided even within these disciplines of; religions, cultures, gender and race – we have different opinions.
The truth, has failed us countless times, and its right in front of us, but we fail to see it, or to believe in it. We want to have everyone sorted under one label. We see plenty of its results, when we see Wars erupting over punitive aspects, where people want ultimate freedom, no rules, when we have those that have and those that don’t, all competing for the same dwindling resources, then we all become scared. As we realise we stand opposed, those that want to burn it all to the ground, against those that want to live in harmony.
Then these aspects are no longer punitive it seems? But very significant to some who say they don’t deserve this treatment.
Scientific, philosophical, political and religious beliefs have only succeeded in one thing, and that is informing us of the real (and not perceived) differences we have as individuals, in our cultures they manifest, especially in our ability to receive and interoperate information that leads to higher order thinking, we all have strengths and weakness, no one is superior, and therefore always evolving. We were not created to be one, of one race, one mind, and one religion or government. For we all desire different things; we all dress, eat, talk, walk, act and speak differently. We even excel in different directions, as a family. We are like the universe, all just parts of one thing, acting and manifesting in different and individual ways…
The likes of wisdom and knowledge remains the key for all to become more – they activate those things within us, that make us great, called or referred to as our talents, have made each and every one of us unique– we are not all going to get IT, or understand it, and that’s the truth. The truth is this; Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no say in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike or envy.
Even in the Christian Bile we see this point. Wisdom comes to those whose minds are capable of receiving it. Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
Then Buddha; Those who understand are few, but like a sponge they absorb the precious knowledge and are ready to cleanse the horrors of the world with the precious liquid. All religious teachings…
So where is this shadow that prevents us from all seeing the light?
Where our shadow is, seems to be the unconscious mind. It might be defined as that part of the mind which gives rise to a collection of mental phenomena that manifest in a person’s mind – but which the person is not aware of – at the time of their occurrence.
These phenomena include unconscious feelings, unconscious or automatic skills, unnoticed perceptions, unconscious thoughts, unconscious habits, untamed emotional outburst and automatic reactions, to stimulus. Complex hidden phobias and concealed desires. This part has the ability to build us or destroy as through the introduction of freedom, if we give our own minds total freedom, it will take us over, and corrupt us. Even our thoughts need controls.
Emotional and personal growth and freedom go hand in hand, it is inevitable and both desirable aspects for progress and self development. Whilst following rules and guidelines. Restricted freedoms called discipline, all desired aspects of forming. But in its absence we find moral decay, a destruction of a community’s character, and people’s character aren’t formed to be socially acceptable. Traditionally communities were formed around set standards and codes of conduct, social norms, so too their inhabitants had to conform to these codes and manner of conduct to be able to identify with such a community.
Change is unstoppable. The question is not whether you have to start changing, or by how much, in the way you are thinking, or have been, but by how much have you changed already, and so to your part of the world is going to change.
The question is how this will affect the way we develop as individuals, community, and country’s, and still make strategy work, do business, now when all standards have become unusual.
A common mistake people make still today is that they think their frames of reference are still solid and unchanged, if they as parents believe in norms and values so too will their children, and managers their followers, they are not. Especially when we are still trying to design something “foolproof”, then we see how generation gaps do not share the same aspirations, and ideology. therefore, if you are trying to do this still, or promising that it will be so, then truly you must be underestimating the ingenuity of the newly – un -educated that function only from the self paradigm first.
Carl Jung studied this, and developed on this here concept. He divided the primitive brain dominance in the absence of sound reasoning model, where the unconscious splits into two parts: the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. The personal unconscious is a reservoir of material that was once conscious but has since slipped and been forgotten or suppressed. The collective unconscious is the deepest level of the psyche, that containing both the current and the accumulation of knowledge of the collective, of their inherited archaic existence… in other words, this brain is fed, not by knowledge but by perception, and emotion…
There is considerable two-way traffic between the ego and the personal unconscious, such as when one’s mind wanders to thoughts irrelevant to the current situation, and it frees you from burdens. This is an unfocused mind that has no concern for higher order principles, just self; just a plate of food and his pay at the end of the day will do. Anything instant is gratifying. Expertise or experience only grows with finding mobility of thought between the unconscious and the conscious mind; the one will have nothing to do with the other. The one is like a reverse gear the other is first gear, operating at two different states. Critical thinking is required here to keep the rational side dominant; it is the ability to rapidly and strategically move people from one function to the next, with reason, and not emotion….
Growing as businesses have, they too need change. Organizations are increasingly building their internal talent pools to ready themselves for future challenges, and talent deprivation is no distant scare, its happening. We will reach a stage soon where our talent pools will dry up. Very few people are truly well educated and qualified for the offices they hold. The education systems are to blame in part. We are already having to compromise, just to get by. This phenomenon will grow.
We fully well all see the writing on the wall with our children’s public education failing us. Procrastination is the thief of time, and time we have in short supply. We are not acting on this either as if we still have time. A certain truth exist about a definite required intellectual capacity, that is absent, that would have seen the relevance, and acted decisively on it. However, there’s nothing, that is required for further education and its facilitation, entry levels at University for instance has been dropped, just to have students, they just don’t seem to have what it takes to cross the gap. Both strategist, and leaders…are born here, we have all become aware of the lack of talent, ingenuity, and well schooled and educated people, with good norms, manners and values. Now their breeding grounds are corrupted too.
This aspect and its consequences are becoming critical, and universal, the differences and the ways of working with and without skill and talent is to be seen all over. They just don’t deliver the same quality…
“There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t harvested either from the positive or negative effects of this example, the lack of quality, what you put in you get out, quality in quality out, or the revers is so true as well. It is a simple choice we need to make, that should or have been made by our leaders and piers for us, to drive this principle home, we need to make sure we have enough people that can think critically, can act with virtue, and others that will work their butts off happily.
Only with the arrogance that comes from ignorance will we downplay this aspect. We all fall or float with what we hold as truth, that our way is well. We need to make sure that we still cultivate from this day onwards, people with enlightened minds, critical thinkers, and path finder’s, for we already have very few of them left.
Alas, it is only fear that will decide for us if this path will continue or end now. To be free or remain victims of the mass hysteria and propaganda is enforced by daily choices we make, either by breaking the cycle or enforcing it…
Don’t tolerate bad and ineffective decision making, it breeds more of same.
Terminal madness is everywhere to be seen across the globe, corrupt and ineffective governance; the result is hunger, war, climate change, and pollution, to name but a few, and the list goes on and on.
It’s all due to an inability to speak the truth, and to still navigate with ones moral and ethical compasses, for we fear the masses, and their madness, way too much, the populace of growing ignorance is mounting. Yet we stand and watch in fear as they keep robbing us of our existence daily, not just our future anymore, that is long gone.
We have given ill disciplined and morally corrupt people way too much power, and freedom…to do nothing…but burn.
Nothing is ever urgent in life, or even urgent enough to have something done about it, until everyone is convinced that it ought to be done now, because it is now impacting on them personally, then it’s almost too late.
This is still business thinking in the usual today-today sense, what about tomorrow? When everything becomes unusual, what then? Look around you! Much time may go by with no or little consequence in these instances as we wait for time to hatch the mistakes and multiply them, and then it manifests as chaos…
No amount of money, power, or education, can buy or equip you with the required enlightened mind it takes to see the relevance of good and tidy governance, leadership, and people embracing discipline, morals and ethics, in just one day.
It’s a process, like growing fruit trees.
Today, sadly, much more time is still wasted by leaders just perusing personal gains, and other personal objectives, no amount of energy is ever expended on being productive that renders far greater results than the same amount expended from the physical objective and plane of existence, called work.
This dream is real my friends, and it’s time we awake, as we are already living with some of the irreversible consequences. Like climate change.
In the absence of “cognativity”, the consequence of none action without required thought becomes apparent as more and more stagnation sets in, because we wanted everyone, every nation, to be democratic. Democracy requires action, to survive, not what we see now, inaction.
Wisdom is found everywhere, timeless; if you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
EDUCATION and clean water is the start of any human crop; of potential enlightened leaders of man. The whole point of having freedom has becomes senseless, if we have hunger, starvation, homeless, jobless, and disease ridden city’s, all over the world popping up. If we have to reject moral values, to be able to say the constitution exist, to give you rights, and anything goes. What if nothing goes, and the only thing worth something is food and water, will freedom still matter?
So when we created a democracy, did we spell out the limitations, and burdens imposed by it, no?
No wonder society is so infused, and consumed with its new found freedom. No wonder there is no discipline, is it any surprise that we have children burning down Britain, people murdering, hi-jacking and stealing from the rich, are they a part of anything, no they are free, we gave them this right, is it any wonder that so many children do drugs, get pregnant, kill fellow students, parents, no, we gave them freedom without them having had to do a darn thing for it. They can pass school with a grade that means nothing, without being able to spell, read, write, or communicate. How long will we tolerate this madness still?
These are our pool of future leaders, workers, and talent, free to do whatever they like, for how long, until they are happy…?
Accept some form of divine intervention always, it’s to be expected, we greatly need it, to save us from ourselves, and then accept your moral responsibility, we were all born inherently self-centred, learn from the wise; the teachings of Plato, who said this world is just the shadow of Reality. So whose shadow are we living in?
WHOSE STRATEGY IS THIS THAT'S PLYING OUT GLOBALLY TODAY, that just destroys?
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