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Politicians – leaders or followers?

Posted by Philip on 1 July 2016, 9:33 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

We call our politicians — whether local, regional or national — leaders, but are they really?

Given they are reliant on public support and popularity to be voted in, politicians can't really show true leadership, particularly leading up to elections. They have to listen to the public and represent the majority view if they want a chance in office.

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Will flag fail lose Key his legacy?

Posted by Philip on 25 March 2016, 9:56 am in , , , ,

He may be disapointed but I bet John Key is also kicking himself this morning. He may be saying of the flagging status quo, "Use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it." But I wouldn't be surprised if he's having a long hard think about the referendum process and, hopefully, feeling a tad ashamed and foolish.

Ashamed because $26m of taxpayer money was spend on nothing other than, as Key calls it, "a nationwide discussion about our flag, about nationhood, about what we stand for." But that discussion didn't need to cost $26m.

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Leadership vs representation

Posted by Philip on 27 May 2015, 10:10 am in , , , , ,

What is the distinction between leadership and representation? If I were to draw a diagram it would be a triangle with leadership at the pointed end and representation at the flat end.

I'm not sure which way up the triangle is – it may change from time to time and from situation to situation, with the point being at the top, bottom or even on the side.

It seems to me leadership has sharp focus and works best with fewer people. The more leadership becomes representative, diversity increases, the softer the focus and the more people, issues and opinions there are to accommodate.

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Rethinking for scrutiny, not to be right

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2014, 11:27 am in , , , , , , , ,

it's a new ideaFor about seven years I've guest lectured in the Concepts of Rehabilitation paper at AUT University. The students come from a wide range of disciplines including physiotherapy, chiropractics, nursing and occupational therapy.

I ask that students prepare by reading my journal article, Constructive Functional Diversity (CFD), which quite radically challenges the binary notion of disability and non-disability, and suggests new language for the mainly medicalised ideas behind rehab. It also challenges the focus of functional improvement in favour of considering functional value instead.

Then we have a 90-minute conversation.

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