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Playing with “crocodiles” in your organization

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 Malevolent    3,432

To my mind running a country is very similar to running a big business.  Almost all the rules and hypothesis will fit into the bigger "frame".  A president is not much different to a CEO / COO of an organization.  He to has "divisional managers" and a board of directors (Senate) a marketing division etc.

Many politicians do not have sufficient knowledge to run a corner cafe never mind a large organization and then the voters (who by and large are as dumb as bricks {sorry}) elect this person to run a country, the net effect of which is a person running the county into the ground - Obummer being a case in point. Lawyers do not make good managers at the best of times.

I do not know enough of American politics to give an enlightened opinion, but it is quite clear that you need to look at the lesser of all the evils should you (and you really should) decide to assist via voting to select a POTUS. One should accept and understand that politicians say and do a lot of things in order to attract voters.  Much of what any candidate says or does is pre-planned and scripted for them by a panel of "experts" along party lines / beliefs. 

Maybe the referenced piece will help the potential POTUS to understand some of the dynamics of implementing change and running the "organization" known as the United States of America. 



In our work with leaders we’ve found that managing successful transformational change has a lot to do with managing fear. This includes fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of change, or even fear of fear itself. This is especially true when making bold changes — the kind of change that could take an organization to a whole new level of performance, or, out of a paralyzing tailspin. The bolder the change, the bigger the fear, as fear is our resistance to change.

So how do you manage deep resistance to big change in high stakes situations? Great leaders from the past point the way.

Entering office on March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt faced one of the most significant leadership challenges in U.S. history: the Great Depression. Its impact was so vast that it drew the U.S. and then the entire global market into a downward spiral. The nation was gripped in a panic that had people running to the banks to pull out their savings. Leading up to Roosevelt’s inauguration there was yet another run on the banks in February 1933, further eroding the financial system.

Even more remarkable than the scale of the crisis, was that one leader would turn the tide in a matter of days. Nine days after Roosevelt’s inaugural speech, depositors were standing in line to return their cash to neighborhood banks. By month’s end, two-thirds of the hoarded cash had been returned. And financial markets rebounded, with the New York Stock Exchange posting the largest one-day gain in history.

Roosevelt made bold decisions and managed the fear of a nation in crisis. How did he do it?

Change management is fear management, and fear management is crocodile management. And if you think, “Well this is great for Roosevelt, but I’m no Roosevelt,” remind yourself that it’s probably just the crocodile talking. And then take action.

My hope is that the people of America make the correct decision and vote for change. You simply have to challenge the status quo, for failing to do so may (will) result in the "product" of the "organization" falling out of favour.


Just one last thought for the voter as well as the new "CEO"

`` We must bear in mind, then, that there is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things in any state.  For the innovator has for enemies all those who derived advantages from the old order of things, whilst those who expect to be benefited by the new institutions will be but lukewarm defenders.  This indifference arises in part from fear of their adversaries who were favoured by the existing laws, and partly from the incredulity of men who have no faith in anything new that is not the result of well-established experience.  Hence it is that, whenever the opponents of the new order of things have the opportunity to attack it, they will do it with the zeal of partisans, whilst the others defend it but feebly, so that it is dangerous to rely upon the latter.''

Niccolò Machiavelli 
The Prince


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