The rumour mill is a unique beast. Once it starts, it’s very difficult to stop.
No matter which side of the fence one sits on politically, it’s impossible not to look at federal politics and be dismayed. We the electorate were promised stability, and yet that is anything but what we’ve got.
Much like the whims of the stock exchange, politics and business alike are susceptible to rumours and dissent in the ranks. Strong leadership, they say, is all it takes to stamp it out – and yes, that’s true – to an extent.
The problem is that it’s all very easy to say, but no easy task to deliver upon. It’s not just a leader’s relationship with their staff, it’s the relationships between employees as well. Without trust and unity, all we’ve got is just a bunch of people in a room.
Business trades in relationships. In order to have even a shot at success – be it in politics or in business – our relationships must be built on common goals like customer service, earning a fair share of the profits, and most importantly, all pulling one’s weight in building a culture of maturity in the workplace.
We in business know this – it’s time the pollies instilled some of these tenets. Of course, what’s happening at parliament house wouldn’t matter so much if it didn’t have a crippling effect on business sentiment.
Ultimately, without unity and trust in an organisation, there really is nothing left. Power struggles, coups, ‘back-stabbing’ – this warlike language rips down trust in relationships.
Whatever the team might be, the players need stability in the day ahead, with transparency the common currency.
In politics and business alike, if we’re to have even a shot at reinvigorating sentiment, we can only do it by starting with a culture of trust in leadership.
About the author:
Colin Porter is the publisher of Dynamic Business and the founder and MD of credit reporting bureau, CreditorWatch. He has over 20 years experience as a business owner, specialising in general small/medium business issues, cashflow, credit management and online business. Follow CreditorWatch on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.