pursuing eXcellence through
What is the colour of Your Revolution?
Do you have a Revolution?
The KAROO revolution is Influential Leadership –
it is where we pursue eXcellence!
- for you and me, and others,
- in our homes and families,
- in our businesses and work places,
- in our play time, and
- anywhere else we invest our lives.
Welcome to KAROO – Influential Leadership – eXcellence – a BETTER life!
KAROO is the Brand –
the BUSINESS is to equip people to be Influential Leaders –
who pursue eXcellence to achieve a BETTER Life
the colour of this REVOLUTION is ORANGE…
let’s start at the core…
the Influential Leader is the X-factor in eXcellence
other elements – such as structures, systems, processes, technology and environment –
are all contributors to eXcellence – they may be necessary, but are insufficient
it is the person – the individual – that ensures eXcellence
the purpose of eXcellence is what 7 701 080 000 people all want –
a BETTER life –
So, what’s ‘eXcellence’?
the quality of being outstanding – superior – brilliant –
eXcellence, simply put, is being eXcellent!
Being excellent is at the tip of achievement.
Aristotle tells us that:
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
an Influential Leader always pursues eXcellence
A BETTER LIFE – is a person’s lived experience –
In our daily lives a better life translates into things like:
- a better job (more money, greater scope, higher income, recognition …)
- a more successful business (bigger, more profitable, recognition, greater market share, and so forth)
- improved (more) choices (to live, work, travel, education, health-care)
- comfortable transport – whether private or public (income, choices, convenience, fun)
- homes that meet our needs (dignified housing)
- safety and security in our homes and elsewhere (safe and secure environments)
- holding an office in the sports team (life satisfaction, sense of fulifilment)
- more leisure time (a work-life balance)
- freedom to express our views without censure (freedom to participate in civic engagement)
- to see great grandchildren turn 21 (health and longevity)!
Everyone wants a better life, and to be a success.
There is an essential doctrine contained in the notion of a better life –
which is the centrality of personal responsibility.
a Better Life is not a right.
Influential Leadership places the locus of responsibility for achieving success and a better life with the individual.
The person responsible for my life is me.
No matter our prevailing conditions, each of us is the ‘X’ factor in our lives;
we are responsible for our success and making it better (or not).
Yes, we each have less or more to overcome, but that is simply how the cards of life are served.
The French historian, philosopher and writer Voltaire (1694 – 1778) sets up this Influential Leadership premise neatly:
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her:
but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide
how to play the cards in order to win the game [of life].
the road taken…
Leadership is a choice –
Influential Leadership is a choice –
You are invited to join the Influential Leadership REVOLUTION!
Three stepping stones are laid out below to nudge
your choice –
If the mind is blind; the eyes cannot see.
There are none so blind as those who will not see… The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know…
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change.
Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
William S. Burroughs
It cannot be business as usual.
If we’re to make life fundamentally better, for ourselves and others, we cannot use obsolete recipes.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Our behaviour counts for more than anything else; we are what we do.
So, here we are – at the proverbial fork in the road.
If you have evidence that you are the best you can be, or that you have done all that you can to make you,
your home, team, school, department, business, work-place, community and country the best they can be;
then Influential Leadership has nothing to offer you.
Close this site and move on…
If you think that maybe, just maybe, there is work to be done – keep going.
If you too have arrived at the point where you see how much better things can be,
but unsure how to proceed, or simply g@tvol (fed-up) of the tried and failed offerings,
then Influential Leadership has answers.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
If you’re reading this, you’ve opted for the Influential Leadership road.
Right choice – keep steaming ahead!
There are a number of options to move through the Karoo site:
- I suggest you head for the ‘here NEXT’ page;
– it is an important backdrop to the subsequent pages.
- Next there is some introductory Influential Leadership material.
- The for eXcellence Programs follow.
- The fifth and sixth pages cover the Public Benefit and Youth Programs.
- These are followed by the deBate.It discussion platform.
The cradle of Influential Leadership is always the individual; but, the home is the social domain where we should first encounter, develop and practice Influential Leadership; from there let it ripple onward into our other domains.
We work, have jobs, create enterprises, serve the public – contributing to the economy for most of our lives. The workplace provides extraordinary leverage and spillover effects to exercise Influential Leadership for profitable outcomes.
Play is what we mostly do for fun, giving back to society and fulfilling our need for meaning. Play starts at home and takes us onward through school and work until we expire. Leadership is the foundation of how and why we play.
There are many and varied parts of our lives that exist outside our home, workplace, and play-time, but they are integral to how we express our lives; holidaying, commuting and socialising. Influential Leadership exists here too.