Leadership, somewhere up there


Also from David Emerson’s interview.

Mr. Emerson, stressing that he was speaking about his experience under both Canadian prime ministers as well as during his time in the B.C. government, said there is a “dangerous” domination of Canadian leaders by small groups of advisers.

“I think in Canada generally there is an under-appreciation of the degree to which small cadres of advisers kind of close in on the leader, and keep him or her probably too insulated from sort of your average Canadian,” he said. “And that’s dangerous.”

Rest assured, that description is in no way applicable to our current prime minister.


Leadership, somewhere up there

  1. Somewhere out there, within a Leader’s clique,
    Someone’s plotting some scheme and setting up a leak;

    Somewhere out there, someone just doesn’t care
    About our constitution in that big somewhere out there.

    And even though I know how every day the future fades,
    It helps to think the Leader might be hostage to his aides

    But when the ghost of Meighen or of Laurier flits by,
    It doesn’t help to bother answering its question, “Why?”

    Somewhere out there, if Canada should wake,
    They’ll all be keel-hauled, somewhere out there,
    Oh, make no mistake.

    • Hope i’m not stealing yr thunder Jack.
      Feel free to improve.

      Somewhere out there Canada mourns its past,
      when PMs didn’t simply say, what’s that you say.
      Listen to all, and not just what they say.
      Somewhere out there, when we were heard first
      and not just heard last.

      • That’s great! Nice work! (I’ll continue with the “bridge” [parallel to “And even though I know . . .”])

        And even though to govern you need Parliament’s consent,
        We’re wondering if Forsey knew exactly what he meant:

        For don’t you know that MP’s are like yippy little dogs
        A modern PM. if he doesn’t like them, just prorogues!

        Somewhere out there, Canada mourns its past,
        When PM’s listened, somewhere out there,
        Oh, how times change fast!

        • Nice work indeedy!

          • I love these mutual back-patting sessions.

          • I believe it’s all part of the Wells post Valentine’s/Family Day New World Order.

            I can’t quite hear Cyrano correctly – is he describing this as le poeme, or La bohème?

            [banishment forthcoming]

          • Dot, if you really want to be banished you’ll have to post off-topic in a Wells blog again.

          • Not really, his tentacles are long. I saw Aaron riding the elevator with him one time.

          • Well, Dot, if you really want to get yourself banished I suggest you use the adjective “macrocephalic” in your comments to a PW blog. I guarantee you that your banishment will be instantaneous.

          • CR
            She’s willingly out on the ledge, you aren’t yelling jump, are you?

          • kc: I was just kidding, but I guess I am a bit guilty of yelling “jump”. Dot, sorry, please disregard the lame joke in my previous post.

          • CR
            Sorry. Should have drawn a smilely. I was kidding too!

          • You both underestimate the protagonists. I’ve learned that often, things may not be as simple as they appear.

  2. Fess up. Don’t cover it up
    When leaders take responsibility for mistakes or come clean on the truth, it sends a reassuring message – if they don’t wait too long


    John Baldoni, a leadership consultant in Ann Arbor, Mich., says timing is everything. If you own up too late – or not at all – you risk losing your leadership credibility. “If it affects the outcome of your team or it puts someone into jeopardy, you own up to that quickly.”

    As Mr. Fisher knows, a three-second hesitation can make people believe you’re choosing from an arsenal of lies or excuses, not simply being wise with your words…

    Part of the reason leadership culture has changed is that more and better access to information makes it harder for a boss to keep a major flub or company secret under wraps, Mr. Baldoni says.

    “We do live in an era of increased transparency, partly because of our media, the Internet and social media,” he says. “It is incumbent upon leaders, when there are problems, when there are mistakes made, to get out in front of them.”

  3. Right, Dot. I agree!

    McCain for Prime Minister!

    No, not John, Michael

    Also, if you haven’t seen it, and seen why “more and better access to information makes it harder” I direct you to this


    • Great link, Jenn! Very interesting.

    • Thanks, I hadn’t seen that before. Fascinating.

      I’ll reserve judgement on Michael McCain for PM – until the final results on any investigation/hearings are completed. But, in terms of crisis management, he did appear to get out in front of the issue in an open, transparent and ethical way. Maybe from his undergrad HBA training.

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