Tuesday 13 August 2013

Let’s vote for the captain, the policies and then put the ‘bastards’ together to execute

First an explanation. In the Australian vernacular ‘bastard’ is often a term of endearment, sometimes it is used in derogatory ways, yet rarely in the sense of referring to someone’s parentage.

When the Democrats Party was formed in Australia it’s slogan was “keep the bastards honest” referring to the two main parties, Labour and Liberal.  The Democrats have failed in their quest as dishonesty and partisan politics are rife and sadly nothing will change when Australia goes to the polls on September 7th regardless of whether Labour or Liberal wins.

I had a dream recently where we voted on the captain (Prime Minister), the policies put forward by all the parties and then we selected a team from all parties and mandated they execute the policies in bi-partisan ways.

How good would this be?  A debate every three or four years about policies and then elect the captain whose party’s policies got the majority vote, and then select the best team from all sides to execute.

Something like this will never happen of course. It would be too much common sense for our politicians to get their heads around.

Don’t fall for this trap in your business.  Debate all you like about policies, procedures and practices.  Argue all you want about where you’re going, why you’re going there, how you will get there, who will do what and when, and how you will behave along the way.  Do the above regularly. Once you have made decisions though time for all shoulders to be at the wheel of execution.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.

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