Sunday, April 17, 2016

The doctor prescribes

Few people have led lives more unique than Dr. Mike Webster. After success as a pro football player, Iron Mike earned a place in the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame. He then practiced as a clinical psychologist and worked frequently with police services. After Webster criticized its leadership, the RCMP first threatened, then dissociated him.

That did not stop the psychologist from providing private services to police officers and it most certainly did not end his criticism of RCMP brass. Much of it is published at but Dr. Webster's advice is valuable to anyone in a position of leadership. He speaks to individual managers:
  • You remind your team of the purpose of their work,
  • You act as a role model i.e. you demonstrate integrity at every opportunity,
  • You hold high expectations of your team members, but
  • You walk the walk; you hold yourself to the same standards.
Webster lists the qualities of a great leader:
  • first and foremost, a model of equity,
  • one who sets clear and attainable goals,
  • one who holds high expectations of self and others,
  • one who encourages others,
  • one who provides support and recognition of goal attainment,
  • one who is able to stir the emotions of followers,
  • one who is able to get others to look outside themselves,
  • one who can inspire others to reach beyond their grasp.
Those qualities seem obvious but careful observers know they are in dreadfully short supply, particularly in politics. Leaders are subject to so many competing interests that remaining true to fundamental principles becomes a task too large for most. This failure appears to be happening with Canada's prime minister where principles offered during Trudeau's earliest days are dissolving in a miasma of expediency.

In British Columbia, principles have never guided the current Premier. Christy Clark learned as a young adult how to be seen and heard in an overcrowded place and she has excelled at what marketing experts call positioning. To her, the only realities that count are myths she can plant in the minds of uninformed voters. Lucky for her, unfortunately for British Columbia, there are plenty of those to be found.

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  1. This is another time that I agree with you 100%. However Norm, the success of this underwhelming Premier will continue to be sold or brainwashed into the minds of many British Columbians. It is really a losing battle for anyone other than those who are connected to make any gains in BC politics.
    Not a day goes by that I don't see some headline making fools of the NDP or Green Party members. And no matter how much they try with innovative ideas, the MSM will just ignore them or wait until the Liberals come up with the same plan.
    And to make matters worse, we have a huge portion of the BC electorate as simply stupid. The evidence of that I read daily when that individual wants to remind everyone how bad the NDP is by saying..... remember the Fast Ferries.
    The voting public in many cases are unwilling to dig deep and educate themselves on the real situation. Until the NDP can replace fast ferries with something like a bankrupt BC Hydro and have that message embedded in the brains of that huge number of ignorant voters, nothing will change..and with respect to the MSM, the public needs to get serious and replace that trash with informative bloggers. I could go on all day Norm, but it seems your message (of which is indispensable ) and that of other bloggers is read by everyone daily.

    Guy in Victoria

    1. Mahatma Gandhi spoke of persistence, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

      People offering online commentary about British Columbia's political landscape have already been through the first two stages.

      As Vaughn Palmer called us on CKNW, "Nincompoops ranting in their underpants is the term for people blogging, for me."

      Now, we're in the third stage, with agents employed to attack people bringing discomfort to vested interests. But, as they discovered when they went after Laila Yuile, persistence is a strong point of writers motivated by principle. We haven't been, and won't be, put off by harassment or by crocodile tears like the ones in the audio clip you can hear in this old piece:

      Still ROTFL

  2. What's become of Alise Mills? Haven't seen or heard hide nor hair from her of late - thankfully.

    1. Her appearance on CBC's Power & Politics invariably prompted me to turn off the TV. Then I discovered that I was better informed by not watching Power & Politics at all. There are so many better ways to gain information.

      So, I can't answer what Alise Mills is doing now. She may or may not still appear on CBC but she shows up on the web as "executive director" of a right-wing group, which says, "We believe that Canada needs an organized non-profit voice financed by industry..." That's a relief; there are barely any of those around.



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