Monday, April 14, 2008

Look me in the eyes

Yes, I know it hurts. Don't I know that you are suffering. They do not understand that you had lost your loved one not so recently. But we know you've got a replacement. But what hurts most is I am sure when you loose five of your loved ones. And everybody feels bad that you do not have your two thirds anymore. I am sure its worst when the person who entrusted you with the responsibility keeps attacking your inadecuacies and your weaknesses. Doesn't he understand that it is not easy. Yes, it is not easy to improve. It is not easy to prevent the situation from becoming bad to worst. Especially when you do not want them to work for you but instead work with you.

It is comforting to know that your right hand man is very patient and at the same time supportive. He is hurting too. But he is not the sort of person that will leave you to walk alone, especially in this darkest hour. He is in the same boat. All the others agree that the responsibility is collective.

So you better shape up or ship out. Its not the time to be defensive, Its not the time to be attacking either. Its time to move ahead in the right direction. Extra baggages will slow us down.

Look me in the eyes and tell me if I am wrong. If you think that the ship will sink with you on board, lets work out when to bail out. Forget about collective responsibility. A leader in his right mind will accept total responsibility. You can find scape goats, but that will create further erosion of power. Your organisation needs unity not diversity.

Look me in the eyes and tell me if I am wrong. Your organisation is never prepared when you decided to make the announcement. You did not have an inkling of what is going on at the roots. Misinformed or breakdown in communication. False reporting maybe. But for sure, for some they are semi prepared, for some they are not. You have left it to chance and rightfully the opportunists do not take a second look.

Look me in the eyes and tell me if I am wrong. No prior work is done by those who have been chosen whether they are incumbents or new. Not enough time for candidates to work out, sort out and stabilise. Not enough time for them to deliver and there is no guarantee that they will be able to deliver.

Look me in the eyes and tell me if I am wrong. There are so many issues unresolved. The Malays, the Chinese and the Indians have many issues unresolved. We have not addressed their concerns and we expect them to trust us with leadership. They protest and they revolt. Purely because we have not answered them.

Look me in the eyes and tell me that I am wrong. The Palaces's seems to have also minor problems which we do not seem to be aware of. Again there might be miscommunication.

Look me in the eyes and tell me that I am wrong. Its not going to be easy to win their trusts again. You let them loose. You give them their voice. You are happy at the same time very sad. You are not sure whether you have landed in their trap. If they had designed to destroy your organisation, they are almost successful. If they had designed to weaken your authority, yes they are successful. Certainly and surely they had scored more successes than you do.

Look me in the eyes and tell me when is the right time?

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