November 30, 2006

Debut of LLL

- L’s Learning Log -

Finally~~ got time to start, actually just survive from a month full of accident and surprise, exhausted, but feel my capacity is expanding.

I got this plan of record learning from EEE course, since the first day of PPE module. From the first week, there are three major concepts I find very interest and need further consideration.

  1. Performance related pay / Reward to individual
  2. Give “space” for people to perform
  3. Can you take you daughter to work

These three concepts actually got a very close relationship with leadership, they reflect issues include: How to motivate people, Level of leading and what is influence, personality requirement of leader.

Today’s Learning

Not Abuse Positional Power and Headship

Sounds simple but hard to achieve, hypothesize on reason?
1. Personal power is hard to cultivate;
2. You may remember this now, but when you start at lowest level of manager and suffered from promoted and finally climbed to become boss, can you still remember this virtue?

“Absolute power lead to absolute corrupt” but it’s not the power that causes the problem, as always, the enemy is us. People chase freedom and also dream for power, when you finally “empowered”, Can you hold your desire? Can you keep a normal heart? Since the majority can not do that, it creates an environment that entices you to abuse power in hand.

Make a great teamwork – team 3.

Since we really enjoy work together in “team one”, sometime I just casually talk a lot about last GREAT team experience, unwittingly. But this really affects the growth of current team. Experience is good, it helps, guide you through, but it also annoying new team member sometime, especially at the beginning of collaboration in teamwork. What should be done is find the balance. Let’s make another legendry teamwork :)

Today’s Thought

How to become a LeaderSource of Power?

I didn’t start this discussion during the group exercise when Paul mention about related topic, we just got too much different idea on several topics, really not helpful to intro a new one…

I use to think about this topic, where is the true source of power in human world. First of all, not consider too much for the existence of super power individuals – superman…...(I hope there is, bring hope to human at least :), physically strong, he got power because he is the strongest one. We can assumer human are all physically equal, no one can survive from one gun shot at head. We are in a equal situation.

Under this situation, what is leader’s power? I think it is the follower, People. Not just people inside, but also include the people in this world. In the case of great empires, they fail due to lack of power, people no longer following/believe/trust them. One man alone is nothing. In the case of company, when boss shout at employees, he is actually shout at his the “source of power”, without them, that boss will be nobody.

In china, there is a very old adage: ?¨°¡À?, these four words actually means, Human-Heart-become(not that accurate…)-Oppose, basically it used to describe the fall of empires and leaders. It starts with people following you, it ends due to people leaving you. One great emperor use to saying: people are like water (ocean), it can float you (his empire), it can flood you. Words like this have been passed from one generation to next generation, so popular and well know, but it’s amazing how many “leaders”(in government, company etc) are ignoring it. (Part of reasons can refer back to Deming, wisdom like this become slogan :)

In here I didn’t mention position power or personal power etc, because these terms are focus more on why people following a leader. Sure we need to consider about money, but this one is not the essence behind.

I just got too many questions and assumptions. So I really want to use this learning log, as a place sharing thoughts and ideas, so please make comment and start discussion on anything in here that you feel interest. We will learn more from discussion and argument; refer back to an old story, How can you keep a water drop not vaporized? Put it into ocean. One man’s thought is not useful/enough, lets unite our knowledge and learn from it.

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  1. Finally, I see your blog^__ the first Excellent learning record from your deep thinking. from the begining, Paul told us we need think like a true leader then create a leadership in the teamwork. I found that some people in our class can not face that, whcih means they are not ready to think about the module deeply. in other hand, they failed to learn the process of leadership. I THINK THAT THE PROCESS IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE WHO WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PERSON. NOT ONLY FOR LEADER OR LEADERSHIP. EVEN SOMETIMES PEOPLE ONLY CAN SEE THE RESULT, BUT IF NOT A PROCESS HOW CAN HAVE A RESULT? such as the learning process of LE MODULE at this moment. No the enjoyable process no the result what we want^ or such as now you begin to think about how to become a leader, the process you thinking the question,the process you studying the module , the process you writing the blog¡­¡­

    The process shows that you are now thinking like a true leader^ like you told me that the brave enough to stand there, the better you can be. you did. i am sure you will still to be better and better.

    Actually, I have already asked myself these following logistic questions:
    1.what kind of people could be a leader?/ good leader?
    ( the attributes they have)such as beliefs, values, ethics, character,knowledge¡­¡­¡­¡­¡­¡­ they could be?
    3 ways: naturaly into leadership roles/ a cricis or important event / people can choose to become leaders

    3.what are the important things for them?
    (personality?/ position power? inside/outside environment?)

    According to the words your wrote:people are like water (ocean), it can float you (his empire), it can flood you. I also believe that the process of leadership link the relationship between leader and follwers in such a situation just like fish and water, which means fish cannot live if they leaved water, but water could still exsit even there are no fish in side. ^ brilliant explanation.! i like it!^

    Let’s make a brilliant teamwork from the brillant team 3

    ps: By the way , thank you for your comments for my blog.^and hope that this comment is meangingful.

    30 Nov 2006, 20:46

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