Inspirational leadership

Imagine if you worked on a team and your boss, manager or even co-worker said:

  • “You’re a complete idiot for doing that”
  • “This was all your fault”
  • “I should never have hired you”
  • “If you don’t get it right this time you’re fired”
  • “I don’t care what you want, I am not going to do it, I am your boss”

Would you feel much like going back to work the next day? Of course not. 

As individuals or team members we are motivated by statements like:

  • “I knew you would do a great job on this”
  • “I believe you can achieve great things on this team”
  • “We really need your skill set on this project would you be willing to help us”
  • “You deserve all the credit, I am glad we have you on the team”

For some strange reason however, the world (led by Donald Trump it would appear) is full of leaders and influencers on both sides of the political spectrum who are prepared to stick their necks out and really be an example of some of the worst leadership qualities. 

Inspirational or motivational leadership is a pretty obvious description of a leader who has the ability to inspire and motivate by their actions. They have the ability to see the best in others.

The lead by example. They rarely use influence through their title or position in the organisation (positional leadership) which has been proven over and again one of the poorest ways to lead.

Yet we are in a position where it might appear to some to be de-rigueur to be the person who can shout the loudest. 

In the long run, I promise you that style does not work.


Keeping up with grandkids

My wife booked a week off this week. She had asked if I would kindly spend some time with her and reduce my diary a little. 

While I can’t reduce it to zero calls and meetings, I did clear some of the week up and we have been spending a lovely time together having a Staycation in Kaslo, our home town. 

When we moved from Peachland, I did suggest if we get a nice home in a lovely place the children will always want to visit.

Here I am writing this with my eldest son and his wife here for a few days with their newborn and our other delightful granddaughter, Aoife, who is a constant source of fun and energy on her own vacation with us.

Add in to the mix a rampantly enthusiastic young pitbull that can move trees to join in the fun — even if he isn’t invited — and you have a recipe for an energy sapping vacation.

We have survived till Thursday and frankly we haven’t travelled very far, but it does put some context in to how my wife found the energy to raise our family when I was busy with businesses.

I take relief from the fact that an Olympic athlete has a hard time keeping up with a two-year-old child, so who am I to complain?

Just to top the relaxing week off, I decided to enter the 20-kilometre mountain bike ride in Kaslo, Ididaride.

Not sure why, but I have asked for close support from paramedics at the end, perhaps an infusion of oxygen and water will get me revved up for the new week. 

Retirement (which I am not) does seem to be a rather far-fetched myth when I look at how my schedule became booked up this week after attempting to clear my calendar... oh, well, soldier on.

Drones can be a headache

Switzerland has been testing the application for drones for delivering parcels. 

It is a service that has been long talked about, that lacks current regulations and is much more complex than we may initially believe.

Of course, any unmanned, autonomous aviation vehicle can be a serious threat to society but so can a seemingly harmless 26-pound drone. Particularly, as it turns out, when it crashes to the ground close to a group of kindergarten children.

As a result, the testing has ceased. The risk is too great to the lives of the people on the ground.

The Swiss Postal service has actually had two drones crash. The first deployed a ballistic parachute and landed slowly. The second chopped its ballistic parachute to pieces and landed catastrophically. 

Of course, scaling this up to autonomous flying drones with people as passengers is a whole different level of faith.

You cannot take a drone and simply scale it up to take passengers. The mechanics of a large spinning rotor are completely different than a small spinning rotor. 

E Hang, which has developed a one-person autonomous drone, recently cancelled a public demonstration because they discovered they could not control their drone in turbulent air.

Similarly a recent display of a futuristic flying car for racing, came crashing to the ground at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

Thankfully, nobody has been killed or seriously harmed, but the accidents have been serious enough that you can expect more regulations from the FAA as Amazon slowly moves toward supposed drone delivery of packages


Back to Nepal

My wife has been so patient for many years.

Occasionally joining me on adventures, she would otherwise live vicariously through what used to be letters and, more recently, Facebook posts.

We both love travel and we also enjoy travelling together to various corners of the world. Her goal is quite different than mine. She would like to do a guided adventure while I prefer to guide an adventure.

She has dreamed of going on an overland tour somewhere with a travel group called Dragoman. For several years, she has received their newsletters and updates and schemed where she would travel.

So last week, I took the plunge and booked the trip. We head off next November to Kolkata and join a group of about 10-15 others to drive overland through a rural area to the Darjeeling region.

We spend a few days on a tea plantation and studying the history before heading a little further north to Sikkim, the gateway to the Himalayas from India and a beautiful destination. 

After a few stops in Nepal, we eventually arrive in Kathmandu, a bustling city of trade and adventure. The capital city is steeped in history from generations of climbers who have nervously eaten their last commercially prepared meal in one of Kathmandu’s quirky restaurants or celebrated a successful climb on their return. 

I decided to add a few days on at the end and hike in to Syabrubesi, an area that was the epicentre of the earthquake a few years ago, but was also my stepping off point for my first Himalayan climb almost 30 years ago.

We will hike for a couple of days in the Langtang region before heading back to Canada with a whole pile of new memories and rekindled old memories.

The mountain’s call…

Can’t wait.

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About the Author

Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

His column focuses on ways we can improve on success in our lives. Whether it is business, relationships, or health, Mark has a well-rounded perspective on how to stay focused for growth and development.

His influences come from the various travels he undertakes as an adventurer, philanthropist and keynote speaker. More information can be found on Mark at his website www.markjenningsbates.com

He is a Venture Partner with www.DutchOracle.com a global Alternative Investment company.

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