FIGHTING AGAINST THE TIDE

A few weeks ago I completed some research regarding Management Development & Awareness Training in Australia, this after a twelve month study involving many interviews.

When the time came to release the results I felt remarkably nervous, after all who was I to stick my neck out against what could be considered some heavyweight opponents, those whose views did not coincide with mine especially regarding the promotion of leadership programs; which I believe are being commercially exploited and do not give the desired outcomes as promised.

Before commencing my study I felt a deep feeling in my gut that we needed to make a statement about the direction of development tools for Australian managers.  I also displayed some reticence to undertake this work; it reflected a feeling of self-preservation as my perception was that it might be dangerous to test thoughts that are against the popular mainstream as I earn my very living in this marketplace.

It ironic that this probably one of the aspects of leadership that from time to time confronts us “Should one take a risk”? Or just stay silent and let others take the strain. I should really have known I would take a chance that has historically been the case, I can be a little impetuous.

For others this may not be the case and would not advocate this course of action for everyone but in life and business there will come a time when I am sure such a situation will arrive at your door. Your criteria may involve passion, conviction and estimate of risk whatever your decision it is yours to own.

I am very fond of the quotation from the late Dr .Martin Luther King:

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 

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PS It seems my gut feeling was correct as the majority of responses to my proposition were supportive of my view.