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.
They can imprison you, break your legs, or even hang you upside down by your toenails. They can torture you for a hundred years until you die. One freedom they can never take away from you is your right to define the character of the world around you.
Simon Sinek, author of “Start With Why”, has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”
On 11 Sep 2013 Jon Eddy Abdullah, CEO of dtac, spoke to a group of dtac leaders on what leadership at dtac means. Herewith is a recording of the presentation. Held at dtac House, Bangkok.
If the octopus was human I am sure he would tell us, ‘in this world he who stands out is prey.’