Managers, Leaders and Politicians... Some Advice to ZANC
Ok so I have resigned from a job I really loved and held down with pride for 4 yrs. (Truth be told, I loved the place so much that I vowed to I’d retire the minute my eldest son graduated as a Chartered Accountant, but that won’t be because I’ve lost my motivation.)
Anyway, I have 5 working days left here and then it’s on to new challenges, change and a change of scenery. Now at the age of 43 one doesn’t come to these decisions easily. I am so grateful to be gainfully employed in a stimulating and rewarding environment that bringing work home at the end of a self-imposed lunch-less day is proof of my (maybe stupidity?) passion and drive.
Yesterday’s article centred on the definition of freedom and how I choose to interpret it. I started off by mentioning the engagement of SA’ns in the upcoming elections and how we are all free to choose to participate or not and why.
Kasrils and Madlala-Routledge also resigned from their employer a while back, but while I
· have had a much better working environment that was fun and stressful at the same time,
· was encouraged to challenge that status quo if it meant we would be able to work better faster and be more effective because that is our Vision and everything we do we do with that in mind,
· chastised in private and publicly praised because our managers have empathy and respect for us all,
· effectively motivated me by giving us the necessary authority to act independently while
· preserving and enhancing the image of the Institute…
…can the same be said about these ex-Ministers? If they were happy, motivated (by results, progress and the public image of the organisation), would they honestly have resorted to this campaign?
Before you answer that, I read an article online a long time ago entitled “People leave their managers not their companies.” (I wanted to quote some pearls here, but I believe that if you are reading this article and are sufficiently curious you can google this yourself.)
The actions of these ex-ministers (and the sheer outrage in indignation it has ignited in JZ786 and his defenders) has lead me wonder if this campaign is the action of disgruntled ex-employees (read “DEployees”) or is it a manifestation of years of dissatisfaction working for a boss that they were forced to respect by virtue of his title and position?
Are they “talking outside the ranks” now because they’re genuinely concerned that corruption and abuse of power will impact every SA’n rather than just us who openly choose to oppose or question our RULERS?
A quick synopsis of reasons why people leave their bosses and not their employers will tell you that if you want to retain and attract the best, brightest and most passionate employees (you know what you’re supposed to do with this word, né?) you must:
1. Know what people want and need – employees need and want an environment where they feel valued and have meaningful work to do. The truth is...people want to make a difference. And, in return they want to be treated with dignity and respect, have some influence over their future and feel appreciated for their contributions.
2. People thrive when they are part of a winning organisation - Employees want the opportunity to learn and grow and work for a manager who encourages and supports excellence in all they do.
3. It takes a win-win relationship to addresses the needs of both the employer and the employee. - in order to retain the skilled people you will need to move the organisation into the future, it is vital that leadership ‘gets it’ and the environment supports employee involvement, meaningful work and professional development.
4. Value Your Employees
5. Lead and Engage Your People
Although I don’t have degrees or diploma’s adorning my office, and I am not naïve enough to believe that JZ786 and Co will ever read this article, I AM A WORKER.
How many of you believe, like I do, that politicians should all be trained and skilled Managers first before they are eligible for Leadership? These 3 dimensions are not mutually exclusive, but it does mean that party leaders cannot function successfully without utilising their knowledge and skills in all 3 dimensions.
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