Sergeant Custerd Looks at Leadership

Leave it to a law enforcement officer of the U.K. to provide a frank and entertaining perspective on what he calls “this ‘leadership’ thing.” Apparently someone with experience in the grit and grime of real crises of crime has developed the skill of calling ’em like he see’s ’em. I liked him immediately.

He tells of how he came to go on “a training course on ‘Managing Change and Improvement,'” or what he refers to as “two days of twaddle.”

“‘Change’ is many things – but management training will tell you it is inevitable, a good thing, that organisations thrive on change an so on. Experience tells me that ‘change’ is inevitable, poorly thought out, often unnecessary, implemented for personal and self-promotional reasons, prone to being reversed. It is also politically motivated, sometimes follows changes in society, and the adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ works an awful lot of the time.”

See? A voice of practical reality in the midst of all the “leadership” hyperbole. He closes with this: “I may be wrong, I may be in a minority of one, but people who talk like professional managers, with ‘vision’ and a ‘mission’ come across as…”

Well, give yourself a treat and just read his entire post.