It’s one of those days… I feel so tired mentally, like I didn’t sleep enough… Cause I didn’t… But my emotions are also on edge.
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Why The Uneducated Seem To Run The Show
I don’t know about you, all I know is that when I follow news it easily drains me, there’s just so many failures in leadership all around. If you don’t know what that means exactly just take headlines of politicians bashing each other, government projects that have not come to full fruition and instances where the free press is threatened (even just perceived).
You may think we live in a free country here, but in the last decade or so it has been increasingly challenging to be outspoken and still be an active producing (in some cases living) part of the local press. Even if you have had some freedom, if your soapbox is NOT yours to have & to hold, you might find yourself with this same scenario.
After I doubled back a few times weaving some serious conspiracy theories of my own, like who are ‘they’ and how the site was down, reportedly hacked but as a WordPress Developer, I could see it looked not like a site hack but a domain hijack. Then a little digging told me the domain was not under the name of the main journalist, I might be seeing things, but to me it may be a red flag: if you don’t own your soapbox and you have sponsored ads… Well, you might just find yourself more easily pussy grabbed.
Later the news site Den Cayente was up again and hopefully we can read the delightful Gaiden part 4 in it’s full unedited form (a series on the saga of our current events on politico-economic plane by a young fresh intriguing local economist).
Aside from that momentary imaginary brush with the powers that be, I really, REALLY don’t enjoy discussing politico-anything, in part because few are the people who care to hear what the real problem is, and even fewer believe it applies to them.
Let the record show: I am seriously aware that my perspectives can at times be colored by my experiences. I have been places and seen things, and due to the nature of my mouth… And idealistic views. I have burned bridges I cannot unburn. I also worked with one of Aruba’s top leading minds on the topic of Leadership & Learning, the founder of Aruba Quality Foundation and past ATIA director, among other impressive accolades, JoyceBartels-Daal, for over a decade.
If you work with people who eat, sleep and drink leadership you inevitably start to read books about the topic, which expands your views and vision. If you think you are not equipped to understand how the world works yet because you don’t have the education, I promise you reading is the most powerful way to learn. Whether you are a housewife, humble mechanic or a fast climbing corporate freshman you can and will become more educated if you choose to, take the book recommendations in this post and attend the seminar recommended later on.
Well, let’s get to business.
Education: What Works & What Doesn’t
I don’t think education, commonly meant papers from an educational institute, necessarily makes a person educated. In fact I can argue with personal annectodal reference why standardized education requires unlearning BEFORE you can really succeed in the marketplace. We are as much taught as we are indoctrinated (programmed) by degrees, cultures and families.
The other thing is that running the show in any field is a leadership position: in your home, with your kids, in a sport and at your job. Many understand the idea of being the boss, or political party leaders but it’s almost nil when it comes to the concept of leadership (and a microscopic amount of schools our local students may never attend actually teach leadership). Way too many think they know, and because they are great (snake) charmers believe they are set — and actively avoid further learning.
Truth is leadership is not just being able to influence people to choose you. There are SO many elements and if you really wanna dive in you need to start by reading two books: Soup by Jon Gordon & 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadershio by John C. Maxwell. Then apply, apply, apply – and read read read some more books. The learning process never ends for real leaders.
Soup is particularly amazing at showing you (in very simple ready to apply terms) how to turn a failing organization around through what could be the most important element of leadership: culture. Just imagine the next 4 years after the upcoming election if everyone involved and especially the leaders worked at an excellent culture in the government?
And no, in a very specific sense in government creating/shaping/establishing culture is not the same as investing money in the local arts & maintaining culture identity. It is the way the body of the team running the government relates to the vision, leaders, each other, themselves and the client. This topic can be as broad & deep as our national debt, so I won’t go there. Even if “leadership” is a new concept to you, I can show you exactly how to see that our administration has major leadership gaps — and it’s stuff you notice every day while trying to “enjoy” basic government services.
While companies that seek to succeed massively spend a ton to bring in the right culture and lead it well I am still trying to understand why anyone in office with the big Gobierno loves to remind others how “that won’t work for us” or my other favorite “we’re doing our own internal trainings in this department”.
But you really can’t blame them.
Organizations are a reflection of their leader. Whether he/she is led by ego, by self-interest, by fear or by greed… It produces an organization with it’s traits.
And the quality of a leader’s organization goes only as far as his own leadership skills. So if goals are not met, better believe it: the head is the one rotting fast. I often have to walk away when people start yelling: ” These party leaders have no education… See how they need to hire people with the degrees?”. Facepalm, no single person in a leadership position can know all they need to succesfully reach a vision, they have to be backed by skilled team members. Like a doctor relies on expert nurses if not patients die. The problem is that both in government and many medical settings the specialized & highly skilled team mates get ZERO recorgnition — leadership flaw numero UNO of many in office. How often have we seen leaders take all the credit for the hard work of others? He may have made it possible with his vision, the people paid for it and the people that put in blood sweat & tears get a handshake behind closed doors and a swift kick in the rear ASAP. That is the modus operandi, unless said person gives really great head proverbially.
It’s an ongoing investment in leadership skills and not a “degree” that would fix the true problem: low engagement, no ownership, lack of cooperation and general despondence.
To prove a point: many amazing exploding businesses today find a high school drop out at the helm. What all these people have in common is they spend way more time learning how to fill the shoes of great leaders that came before them than they do the details. They rely on the people they WORK with because the are skilled at creating the platform through culture. And because their leadership skills are excellent they attract and keep the best most well educated team around to get the job done.
Our local governments often repeatedly fail to do so.
How do we know it’s a leadership problem?
Just dial any governmental office, it’s common for no one to answer the phone. When they do their tonality is rude, rushed and sometimes quiet annoyed. What’s worse, often you are misinformed by 4 different people in the same day.
Just review your last round of important paperwork that needed doing. Things dragged on, and despite the buildings being 5 minutes from each other the letters took several months to move from one building to the next, to be booked and so on. They call it due process, it’s really a misplacement of priorities and a poor division of tasks. You call to follow up or you show up only to receive 1001 reasons why they postponed working in this department with no prior notice.
Lack of initiative, lack of involvement, lack of excitement to serve all comes top down. If the head doesn’t bring that to the table, you just can’t expect the teams to have it.
That is why governments really fail their terms, a sheer inability to unify their team: all of the government wrking towards ONE vision. And with Aruba having such a large pool of human resources the problem is amplified: more people problems to deal with, more time wasted, less production.
But wait… There’s more!!
If we go back on the culture behind our local politics, dishonorable speech (and behavior) among team members (like the good people in Parliament) has been the norm for half a decade or more. The same pattern of speech is used on media outlets and this gross failure to create a culture of honor directly influences how everyone involved behaves. Whether they check out, half ass, or resist: these are all organizational failures that are caused by low level leadership skills at the head.
High leadership skills bring wealth:
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. (Proverbs 22:29)
People suck at their jobs because their leader sucks at leading and has failed to step into shoes of a leader.
Leadership education is the key.
Turning Things Around Through Leadership Education
Getting the crowds to cheer and choose you is ONLY the beginning. If you want to be a true leader, move past the politics and into your actual job. Be the leader that creates the culture where people feel honored, exited and engaged. Happy teams knock goals out o the park, reduce costs and simply make for better government.
And no, that’s not me saying so, it’s what the books billionaires use to fix failing businesses say. If you want to accomplish something new, learn from those that have done what you wanna do.
If you look closely you can probably find a decent local mentor in your environment. But I find it close to impossible to find one locally that has helped thousands of people pay off millions upon millions of dollars worth of debt, create millions to invest into new jobs and security for their teams and helped raised up as many leaders as Dani Johnson has in the last 25 years. Her works results has not only brought her in front of many celebrity TV shows like Steve Hardey, Oprah and ABC’s Secret Millionaire, she has also been invited to talk with governments looking to turn around their situation.
The next amazing chapter in our history will be written by those with the right skills to lead and create results in their offices & agencies. We have massive national debt, and it seems not a single political candidate, nor the private sector is really interested in getting rid of that debt — most of them don’t have to live the consequences anyway. But YOU who are watching and feeling increasingly hopeless and fearful CAN change your trajectory so neither you nor your family have to live the consequences again.
You don’t have to allow leadership failures to rule your life, you can learn rise above by learning from someone like you. Dani Johnson was a broke,homeless waitress living on a small island, on the verge of becoming a drug addict, she came from an abusive home where drugs, beatings and alcohol were on the menu every day, but she got out, upgraded her skills, and with her leadership made her first 2 million USD in 2 years.
Equip yourself with the leadership skills needed to survive and thrive in whatever administration that comes your way. Attend the next First Steps To Success, take your family, take your team, show this to your friends. Rise up to the leadership role designed for you.
Everyone in whatever profession they are, no matter their background should invest in leadership skills, once you have them you are more capable of actually making a difference right where you are.
Your personal growth and economy are no one else’s responsibility but your own. It doesn’t matter if you are a housewife or student, if you are unemployed and struggling… Gaining and improving your own leadership skills makes ordinary people into thriving success stories.
I realize this might not be for you, you might be exactly where you want to be, your job is amazing, your relationships are stress-free, but a LOT of people are in a rut, stuck at their jobs being passed up for promotions, their house is a battlefield, their kids are beyond horrible and they are barely making it paycheck to paycheck. Local leadership has failed them, crushed them under the cost of living, social safety on a fast decline, financial insecurity and uncertainty is making them tired, fat & sick.
The skills learned at First Steps to asuccess have helped others turn things around. Like Hannah. They were about to file for bankruptcy, owing over $280000 in bad real estate investments that went belly up in the economic crisis. Hannah was just a housewife but when she found Dani’s website she took the training and gained the skills to fight for her family, she used the leadership skills and financial knowledge from the training to turn her finances around, paid off over half of the debt in less than a year, and discovered she did not need a Degree to rescue her family OUT of bankruptcy.
You don’t need a d-gree to make your life better, but you do need the right set of skills to climb up the ladder and out of the messes you’re in. And if you are choosing a career in politics you can certainly lead your team to success with these skills.
The great news is that a group in your local area is attending the next event, those that go will return with the skills to massively impact their bankaccount, their job security, restore relationships and influence change at their workplace, that could be you.
The bad news is that the seminar gets sold out fast, and the hotel gets booked solid so you have very little time to make sure YOU are in attendance at the very next one.