The liberalism of Europe is passé because the politics of Africa is on the march. These are the politics of Convergence and the Bill of Duties.
Every human on this planet is capable of love and benevolence. We must be deliberate about seeing this in the culturally prescribed ways of being. We must see the goodness behind the apparently offensive.
The locus of change and development does not sit in the structure and bureaucracy of the organisation, it sits in the intent of the individual.
When a person is value driven in their behavior they are able to differentiate between what is expedient and what is correct in any given situation and they act on the basis of what is correct.
When people suspend their self-interest for the requirements of the team their demeanour is fundamentally co-operative.
What this means is that the operator has to see the line of sight between the task that they do and the overall benevolent intent of the enterprise. Only once this line of sight has been established do we have a meaningful task.
In my experience, most people think that the reason why enterprises exist is to render a profit to the owner of the enterprise. This is however an ineffective motivator.
The success of a group of people depends on the degree to which each member of the group is unconditional in the pursuit of the group’s objective.
What this suggests is that as we mature there is a change in the proportion of the mix of our intent from more self focused in the beginning to more other focused in the end.
In the course of the Leadership and Organizational Development work done at Schuitema over the last 20 years it has become very apparent that the key variable that one has to come to grips with in the case of both mentoring and coaching is the issue of intent.