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Finding leaders fit to lead is a question of perception and specifics

30 Apr

How we perceive leaders, and their characteristics, is how we will formulate a leadership role and function. It is seldom based on facts, in the main it’s more of a personal flavour we can or want to associate with, perception is seldom informed, and it is a condition, of conditioning. We see leaders the way they are portrayed in the media, by comrades, equals, friends, family, piers, and because of their status.

Therefore; developing leaders is no easy task. As we first have to change people’s perception about what leadership is, it is not a charismatic outlook, a fairy-tale, or a comic book hero. Leaders are fallible, mortal, and have a history each. This binds them, good and bad.

Leadership therefore is not a condition, a state of existence that is effective at a certain point of its life cycle, in performing specific and required functions, of whatever nature required well. No, leadership is a chosen action that is circumstantial, a leader does not lead daily, or every waken moment, no, it’s by choice. We make a conscious decision to act the part, and take the lead, and direct, command, and organise. It takes very little talent, but it does stake a lot of is confidence that comes from experience.

It never ends there either. Looking for the right raw material and trying to mould someone into a leader has proven to be a hit and miss affair. As leadership requirements differ from day-to-day, from situation to situation, and so I can site many instances. The crux of this matter is; it is never just that one thing, or two, or three or even a list, which will guarantee a good profile of leadership ability ever.

Psychology, science and academia even military tradition have also given it a go, and still, there is no one size fits all.

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Fostering proper Command and Control Management and or Leadership styles are impossible without a doctrine.

10 Mar

Part one; the current situation as it exist now

 

True leadership development requires very specific skills and structure, it is “truly” a matter of specifics, not “mere semantics”, the likes we have practiced and experienced at business school thus far.

 

Command and control have been written about for ages, and at the risk of writing yet another stereo type piece. I assure you it’s not. Management is complex and subtle, it’s challenging and diverse, and it’s also planned and specific.

However, it’s all to do with the people, and how we get them to navigate, assimilate, understand and act on these elements, that make the difference, it’s all about leadership style, and management.

This article deals with the challenges we face in leadership, and leadership shortages, training, development, and style. The challenge of addressing the shortage of great leadership in society is a huge problem. The chasm between academic qualification and doing the real job, have become huge. Lots if not most of what is learned previously is now wasted material, as there is no connection any-more  between theory and practice, and between management and leadership either it seems.

By having only focused on the traditional route of developing future leaders for far too long, we have missed the cardinal truth about leadership development and its requirements for this day and age.

We have failed, they come out of the box (university) – (maybe this is why people say “think outside the box” – because they realise that the box (university) is running pretty empty on current reality and truth – wink -) with their expiry dates passed already; now it’s time to shift that emphasis and explore radical and revolutionary new insight that could change the way we manage, and train managers forever.

By only shifting the business leadership style with a paradigm to that of “commanders”, we could change the entire paradigm, and the outcome, of what future leaders should look like, some believe that we have migrated away from command, because it became un-popular, not dysfunctional.

 Now there is a clear move back again, but what will we find, or will we raise the phoenix, and give it a new design, one that fits. This would imply changing the emphasis of command and control. Starting with the training, today it is a job for people who have been there – teaching leadership is no longer an academic license, people in the know, that have mastered both leadership and management, as well as command and control need to take the lead here, and not the university prof, or slick consultant, no these types with their “white coats and thick glasses” need to stand aside now, and make way for the man in “overalls” to teach leadership styles.

They can still teach us the likes of business dynamics and acumen – business wisdom. However, I believe that leaders need to be forged and shaped in the heat of battle, and then only “tempered” with business wisdom, and polished with the skills I will discuss here.

The question of leadership models and a future focused leadership career path is on everyone’s lips, as we have a leadership in decline crisis now the world over, and it’s not improving. Still there is just talk and no active turnaround strategy yet?

Some believe we are suffering this effect directly as a result of us having moved away from hard – command and control models, to soft and fluffy, “ cheer-leading” models of management.

We see it daily – all our leaders are just not high calibre people. And no, we cannot measure them against anything we have had so far either, if we keep doing things in the same fashion, we will keep getting the same results. In this instance; out dated leaders, with wrecked leadership skills and models will keep appearing if we don’t change the way we see, and bring about leaders, it needs to be a holistic approach, from the cradle to the grave. Otherwise we will keep having a leadership crisis. Allow me to explain…

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Strategy without a solid corner stone, sociology – will become a mental stonewall, built with only bias and denial.

9 Dec

Strategy without a solid corner stone, sociology – will become a mental stonewall, built with only bias and denial..

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12 Nov

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What makes advice strategic and great?

2 Sep

What makes advice strategic and great?.

What makes advice strategic and great?

2 Sep

truthFirstly what is advice then?

The dictionary describes advice as being; an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct or way ahead. Therefore, strategic advice is an opinion, or a recommendation, that will give you an advantage over others, leverage, or a way to action what you intend to do.

It’s therefore not a Hot cliché – the likes of; “Inspire your team” and you will reap the benefits, “feedback is the breakfast of champions”, we have all heard these, always a winner, “great leadership advice”, but how do you pull that off anyway, if all of these clichés stem from attributes of strategy and not elements, if you have no report with a team yet, how can you inspire them? So is it still great advice or even advice at all? No!

No cliché is ever great or even good advice, or even advice for that matter, its sales talk and not great advice at all; great advice is something that takes us from cradle to grave. Giving good advice means turning the power of situational analysis on, creating insight, and understanding, and transferring that into straight, clear, actionable answers. Things that you can do in practice…

Now, if you think about it, most things in life then starts with us having to go/ or say “YES” to it, first, yes is somehow the prelude to any possible action. We normally seek advice on actionable items in our environment, or life, and business for that matter. That requires us to do, think and feel positive about it, so that we can say yes to it.

Yes, I will marry you – for instance is just a great example of how you have to commit, to an actionable decision, and start working towards making it work, and then making it a success, and them making it last – sustainable… that’s the whole process in a nut shell. So yes, and saying yes, requires us to seek advice.

This aspect of strategy – and almost everything we as living things do is part or becomes strategy that is driven by a desire to survive, prosper, and expand.  Early on in life I already realised that planning is the way to get what you want or need, and most of that did not come from books, or training, but trial and error, so too most of what I know about leadership didn’t come from having read (several) business books, any formal education, or things that I read up on or conferences or seminars  attended, or even leaders I have met, knew and worked with.

It came from self determination, a positive outlook, resilience, patience – is a virtue – its the learned ability to apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure and a mind-set that get one to go, and say yes, requires positive karma. (Karma is the total effect of a person’s actions – good and bad – and conduct – or lack thereof – during the successive phases of the person’s existence, that brings about good or bad things, emanating from energy, that goes where attention flows. So if you practice good, and concentrate on good – you will multiply same, and so to with bad.)

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K9 Unit Policy & Procedure Manual

9 Aug

K9 unit Force Procedure Manual

Included is the Policy and Procedure Manual, Administrative Duties Manual, and SOP’s

CONFIDENTIAL

Version 4.4

Commander K9 Units

 SPECIALISED UNITS DEPARMENT

(All rights reserved)

K9 Unit

Vision

To provide the best possible professional specialised service in the shortest possible time

Mission

To always serve and protect

Motto

T.A.P.S

Tactics, Accuracy, Power & Speed

K9 Unit Policy & Procedure Manual

PURPOSE

To establish policy & procedures and standard operating procedures governing the, training, use and administration of police service dog teams employed by the Police Department. These teams that will be referred to throughout this manual as “K9″ teams constitute a handler and a dog.

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Business formation is changing the way we see Strategy, Management, and Leadership roles and function…

31 Jul

“It is all changing so fast” – just look at the way we communicate with all the tools and gadgets we have available. Laptops have just started becoming cost effective, and now they are already making way for “IPad’s”, “Smart phones”, and “tablets”.

The Information Age is here; also commonly known as the Computer Age or Digital Age, characterized by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely, and to have instant access to any type of information that would have been difficult or even impossible to find previously. It has become a fast paced, radical, and challenging world, where information is power, and the lack thereof, will cause your down fall some believe, just about everything out there is information driven, and it informs every aspect of life and living as we know it today, in one way or the other.

Information shapes the business landscape; so too our own managing styles and management philosophy, thereby business practice are adapting, with new entrants that are also becoming fashionable; the likes of BI, MIS and BA. What do we know about all these changes taking place, have we kept up? What do they hope to achieve and how do they work?

Today several new entrants are with us, they have come a long way in the making, and it is only now that they are finally coming to life, and extremely useful. With that said, they also come with some integration problems and challenges of their own, they are; Business Intelligence and Business Analysts as well as Management Information Systems Analysts still seen as new kids on the block – however we hear a lot of BI and BA talk, things are changing likewise with MIS also becoming a buzz word. Continue reading

Index of posts on this blog – Strategic Management

2 Jul

Looking at the nuts and bolts of a typical CONTINGENCY READYNESS SOP

29 Jun

I am going to keep this short, and to the point;

The steps are simple; however we first need to understand, why, how and when we need to do things.

Starting with step one, that needs little explanation;

Step one; Name your SOP

And then abbreviate it – Every SOP has a short name.

We will name this one “CR1” and just show how to go through the basics of drawing up an SOP – Standard Operating Procedure.

This one is referred to as CR1 – the  “CR” is the abbreviation for Contingency Readiness, and the 1 (one) refers to the first document ever (CR 1.1 for instance, then will be an amended one, Cr2 will be a revised one etc).

Sop’s need to be numbered, as changes are made, and revisions to protocol, it needs to stay alive and current. This is the best way to track them.Image

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