Imagine the era that preceded the publication of the first textbook for a given subject. Teachers would individually devise their own teaching material and exercises, document these in their ‘class notes’ and subsequently deliver their classes. They would often copy material from their ‘class notes to the blackboard along with relevant illustrations and exercises. Students would in turn copy some of this material in their notebooks and work on the exercises set.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Covid-19 is very contagious and dangerous and we need to try our utmost to prevent it from spreading and claiming more lives. Any death is one too many. It is also a challenging time for decision-makers because they are being called upon to deal with a complex situation that they were the least prepared to handle. In this crisis, we are extremely grateful to all those in the frontline who are bravely ensuring the continuity of essential services (health, retail, law and order, etc.) in spite of the risks involved.
Leadership experts like Warren Bennis refer to major crises as “crucibles of leadership” – situations that makes it possible for great leadership to emerge. The Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly one such event. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is potentially a turning point in human history – one that we have all been experiencing for the last few weeks. As such, the handling of this crisis will probably become one of the most quoted examples in discussions about leadership in the coming years. There are already articles comparing, for instance, New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the crisis with Donald Trump’s.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
A widespread phenomenonLast week while walking in Port Louis I saw in a shop window one A-4 sized poster addressed to students of various universities in Mauritius having to write dissertations and assignments. While it may appear quite innocuous, it set me thinking. I talked to some younger people around me and they all confirmed knowing people who paid to get their assignments and / or dissertations written for them. I am also aware that such services are also offered online.
If someone fractures his ankle while at work, his employer is required by law (OSHA S.85) to formally report the matter to the Director, Occupational Safety and Health. On the other hand, if someone suffers from complications resulting from excessive work-related stress and is hospitalised for a week, no such reporting is required. And yet the second scenario is probably more frequent in today’s workplace.
In a recent article, I discussed the implications of confusing leadership with power and how this can be counterproductive in a service / knowledge economy*. In this article, I discuss some of the implications of this confusion of leadership with power and of the lack of clarity regarding what leadership is all about, on leadership development.
If one asks a random group of people for examples of leaders, the names that are first mentioned are those of key political / historical figures. This is mainly due to the fact that for many people leadership is often confused with power.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017