Quick to learn new information, read new tips, absorb information and embrace a process of change. Start with good intentions and great gusto. Success or failure comes and it’s too easy to keep going and forget to evaluate the results. Even if we have review periods built in, it’s all too easy to move straight […]
You’ll probably have come across Simon Sinek and his first book ‘Start With Why.’ You may have seen his Ted talk which has been seen 14 million times. This is his new book, and take 45 minutes out to watch this video. It’s more than worth it. Here’s some blurb about the video
In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life for me. And I’m feeling good. Except. It’s one day after the day before. The day before being last year. A New Year doesn’t mean that the circumstances and challenges in life will suddenly change. That the areas that were once a struggle […]
This video is challenging. Please give it justice and watch it through to the end.
It’s challenging, not simply because it shows the faults within an organisation; in this case the NYPD.
It’s challenging, because if we allow it to, it can show the fault in our own organisations.
When we are in positions of power, do we ever abuse it?
How do we mistreat the trust that is placed in us?
Are we aware of how the pressures we face, seemingly justify damaging behaviour?
It’s easy to point fingers.
But what about you?
What about me?
I’ve had to realise that there is the capacity and potential for me to abuse power. Sometimes it’s glaringly obvious, and sometimes it’s more subtle.
I’m not part of a big organisation where the culture is hard to break, but I’m part of society, where selfishness is one of the strongest currencies there is.
Perhaps you trade with it too?
Within a sales environment – the pressure to get sales could result in bending the truth.
Within a family environment – the pressure to provide financial stability could result in cutting corners.
Within an online context – the pressure to ‘look good’ could result in bullying a smaller soul who offers criticism. How? By retweeting the comment to your followers to go on the attack.
Within a work environment – the pressure to perform, resulting in allowing others to take the blame.
Within a social context – the ability to cut others off from their social circles because you take a dislike to them.
Within a financial context – the ability to pay below the odds for a service or product, because you hold the money.
Within a shopping context – the opportunity to hide behind the exploitation of the activities of corporations because you want the product or the goods at the price they offer.
When you’re talented you carry power.
When you’re rich (and by global standards the vast majority of us are) you carry power.
When you’re famous (globally, nationally, locally, on your street) you carry power.
When you’re socially skilled, you carry power.
When you’re in a position of authority you carry power.
When you look after customers, you carry power.
When you’re a parent, you carry power.
When you’re a friend, a worker, a partner, a shopper, a lover….you carry power.
Do we support.
Others with this power.
Or put another way.
What’s the impact of our power footprint?
I’d love to hear how you keep your power in check. Please add a comment below.
Nelson Mandela Quotes Nelson Mandela was one of the most inspirational leaders of our times. It is with great sadness that we hear of his death, yet it gives us time to sit back and reflect on all that he achieved and the man that he was. Here’s 101 of the quotes during his lifetime. […]