Posted tagged ‘quote’

Nice guys finish last, but should they?

July 21, 2011

Does power always need announcing?Being powerful is very much like being a lady.  If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

So said one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, and in the intervening years one would like to think that this still holds true.  Sadly, it seems to be a saying that is being confined to the history books.

It has sadly become simple common knowledge in many local authorities that if you are likeable you are not management material.  Those who are amenable, friendly and supportive are seen as valuable members of any team and allowed a certain amount of responsibility, but are then overlooked for more senior roles as they are regarded as soft, easily led or not hard-nosed enough.  Only bossy people get to be the boss.

This isn’t how it should be, and how many want it to be.  A good leader needs to understand the carrot and stick approach.  They need to understand when to offer advice, guidance and support and when to take the advice of Malcolm Tucker and stick the carrot in a certain orifice.

Of the two skills, the latter is certainly the more visible and the more easy to pull off.  We are almost all capable of being nasty, aggressive and belittling, and certainly remember those individuals who treat us in such a manner.  Those meetings when those with any power throw it around, battling with others like rutting stags, are the meetings that get spoken about and give the victors reputations as someone not to be trifled with. (more…)

On the eighth day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 30, 2010

Some local government (well, one local government and some other government) quotes:

  • Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too. (Richard M Nixon

  • The best argument against democracy is a conversation with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)

And whilst we’re on Churchill here is a couple of humerous exchanges between Lady Astor (the first female MP to take her seat) and Mr Churchill:

  • Lady Astor: “If you were my husband I’d give you poison,”
    Churchill: “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
  • Lady Astor, observing a drunken Churchill: “Winston! You’re drunk!”
    Churchill: “Yes madam.  You are ugly, but in the morning I shall be sober…”