Place & Time
Karoo (the brand) and influential Leadership (what it does)
are rooted in South Africa, in the 21st Century.
Things are not going as well as they should in South Africa
(and mostly across the globe) –
economically, politically and socially.
We all have rightful expectations of much better lived lives –
in and around our homes, places of work,
businesses, play-spaces and beyond.
If such expectations are to be realised within our time horizon,
then we must secure better ways of doing things.
It CANNOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL.
The old ways have got us into this pickle;
they cannot take us into a new, brighter and better future.
Proper leadership offers the best leverage to achieve our
rightful expectations of better lived lives.
Moments of great challenge offer unique opportunities
for people to choose to lead.
What do you and I choose to do?
Influential Leadership is at war with indifference; they are perfect contradictions!
Influential Leadership is a positive thinking, positive doing, positive outcomes endeavour;
it cannot live with indifference, which is characterised by bareness and dysfunctionality.
While misleadership (unleadership) is a prime reason for the current poor state of affairs, across the board,
there is another human behaviour that is equally insidious: INDIFFERENCE.
It is indifference by people (you and me), citizens, team members, staff, politicians, bureaucrats, many of us,
that enables and facilitates mediocrity, corruption, criminality, neglect, depravity, bullying, dictatorships (in every social domain), and
general social decline.
Indifference is a self-inflicted illness that individuals, groups and sometimes societies in general exhibit.
Indifference is a crime against the universe.
It has been evidenced throughout the ages; it is still with us.
The list of synonyms for it are indicative of the seriousness of the condition; and the social destruction and depravity it has enabled –
aloofness * apathy about/towards * barreness * callousness * carelessness of * coldness * detachment * dismissiveness of * dispassionateness
disregard for * emotionlessness * heedlessness of * impassiveness * lack of concern about * lack of enthusiasm about * lack of feeling
lack of interest in * lack of sympathy * mediocrity * mindlessness of * nonchalance about * obliviousness to
passionlessness * uninvolvement in/with * unresponsiveness * weariness of
Humankind’s great depravities – whether at a personal, family, group, business, government, country or international level –
have been fathered by indifference; the indifference of those who could have prevented such calamities.
I offer three incisive views of the utter corruptness of this gross human failing.
The first is from Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975. Emperor of Eithiopia, who makes the general point how this trait has permitted great wickedness to prevail).
The second from Elie Wiesel (1928 – 2016. Writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor).
The third is from George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950. Irish comic dramatist, literary critic and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925).
I am a South African, by birth and choice; it is my home.
I care about South Africa, and what happens to all who call it their home.
All of us have high hopes and aspirations for a better life, no matter our circumstances.
Better lives do not come about by accident but through great effort.
It is the right time for every South African to do whatever is required to realise
our hopes and aspirations for –
- Better lives
- Better homes
- Better teams
- Better work-places and businesses
- Better government, and
- A better country to live and prosper in.
I have made it my business to be part of the solution –
to influence better outcomes for South Africa through Karoo and influential Leadership.
I am an admirer of pithy quotes that better express a view than I am sometimes able to.
In this instance, I offer an edited Theodore Roosevelt statement to illustrate
the importance of choices we make:
At any leadership moment, the best thing you can do
is the right thing, the next best thing
is the wrong thing, and
the worst thing
Yours in influential Leadership,
I choose not to be indifferent.
I am a leadership activist.
The Karoo is an elongated semi-desert area in the south western part of South Africa,
made up of two zones.
The ‘Klein’ (small) Karoo lies towards the coastal plateau;
The ‘Groot’ (great) Karoo across a mountain range on the inland (northern) side.
Together these areas are similar in size to Germany;
making up almost one third of South Africa’s total area.
The Karoo derives its name from the original people who lived in these parts, the Khoi.
They aptly referred to the area as GARO, a hard, dry, thirsty land.
The Karoo is represented in Karoo’s logo by the semi-desert colours –
shales, browns and olive green – the orange sun, the windpump vanes and
the ever-watchful Meerkat.
These are complimented by the original NASA font.
While the Karoo is one of my favourite places to be;
where my partner and I take great delight in riding
our mountain bikes on endless country tracks,
to gambol with our two Jack Russells,
to witness glorious sunrises and sunsets, and
to mooch among the shrubs and stones.
It also stands as a metaphor for realising the possibilities
in a hard, dry and thirsty land.
It is a place where a little moisture goes a long way, and
where there is much more than the
indifferent eye will ever see.