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first_imgThe topic for this week is ethics and public service. I feel compelled to broach this subject because of all the financial scandals that have been surfacing in our public institutions of late—the National Oil Company (NOCAL), the National Port Authority (NPA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), my old stomping ground the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), the list goes on and on and on.Why is it that those entrusted with leading our public institutions appear to be on a mad rush to run off with our money and nothing is being done to stop them? Is there something inherent in our DNA that makes us incorrigible rogues? I think not. Liberians are not born with any genetic predisposition to steal any more than, say, Americans, Frenchmen, Germans or the British. The difference is in our system of rewards and punishment. It is not that corruption does not exist in these countries. Just pick up the Washington Post or New York Times. On any given day you will read a story about some financial scandal somewhere. But in those countries, if you are caught, punishment is swift and certain. You are prosecuted and, if convicted, you go to jail. An illustration will suffice to make the point.In the 1990s the FBI conducted a criminal investigation into the energy giant Enron. Top executives of the company including its chairman, Ken Lay, were found to have committed criminal offences. Lay was a golfing buddy of George “Dubya” Bush, then president of the United States. But that didn’t save him. Dubya didn’t even try to intervene on his behalf because he knew that, had he even made an attempt, he would probably have been impeached for obstruction of justice. The sad ending to the story is that Lay became so overwhelmed by the shame of what he had done that he committed suicide while in prison.If we want to put a cap on corruption here, that is what has to happen. People have to know that if they are caught, they will be prosecuted, not merely fired or suspended from their job, and sent to jail if they are convicted. A few publicised convictions and jailings of big big people (not small small people) is all it would take to put a curb on corruption. Again, an illustration from personal experience.The year was 1973. I was working in the law office of Cecil Dennis, having recently graduated from college. As a counterpoint to the normal practice of forcing civil servants to an involuntary contributions to worthy national causes by way of payroll deduction, in this case President Tolbert’s Fundraising Rally, Cecil founded an organization called the Big H Committee. Amongst other things, we organized a football tournament.A very, very close relative of mine, whom I love dearly, was hired as a vacation student to sell tickets for the tournament. Unfortunately, he allowed himself to be influenced by his colleagues to dip into the ticket sales. The matter was brought to my attention. I investigated and found out that he and his colleagues had stolen ticket money. I left the others and grabbed my close relative first and slammed him into Central Prison, on South Beach. I was ready to throw the keys away, so angry was I. Others, not me, took him out of prison later. But he learned his lesson and never repeated that offense.Another more recent example. Paramount Togar Glaygboe and others of Kokoyah Statutory District were involved in misappropriation of rental fees paid to the district by one of the GSM companies. I warned him repeatedly to desist. He didn’t. Eventually we had him indicted by a grand jury in Gbarnga. The county attorney in Gbarnga has been dancing around proceeding with the prosecution but we are not going to let this case die. We are seeking a change of venue. Even though I consider him to be a personal friend, I and other citizens of Kokoyah are absolutely determined to put Paramount Chief Glaygboe behind bars, not only to punish him for eating our money but, more importantly, as a deterrent to anyone else in District public service who might be thinking about doing the same thing.And this brings me to a point. As leader of an organization or country, you have to be completely colour blind when it comes to matters of crime and punishment. You cannot pick and choose. Every human being on this green earth is a friend or relative or someone else. So, if you cannot take action against your friends and family when they commit criminal offences, you have no moral authority to take action against anyone else.The writer is a Certified Public Accountant and businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAN effort by the DWP union to suppress the publication of employee information last week wasn’t just a win for the Daily News. It was a triumph for open and transparent government. The union representing nearly all 8,500 of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s employees, including most managers, tried to force the Daily News to remove a searchable database of employee names, titles and pay from our Web site. The information, which attracted hundreds of thousands of visits to dailynews.com, was sought after the state Supreme Court ruled such information belongs to the public. City officials turned the data over to the Daily News in response to a California Public Records Act request. The reason: The DWP’s extravagant salaries and escalating rates. Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs affirmed that the information is of great public interest and must be open to the public. Brian D’Arcy, head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Unions, Local 8, is used to getting his way so he wasn’t happy with the disclosure. The transparency of government is one of the key elements of American democracy. And when political leaders try to suppress information for their own advantage they chip away at freedom. This time, they didn’t win.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A man with more clout at City Hall than just about anyone, D’Arcy virtually runs the DWP and throws so much weight in city elections that the politicians reward his members with huge pay hikes far in excess of inflation or their value. DWP workers earn on average $76,949 a year – 20 percent higher than other city workers, and 50 percent more than private-sector workers doing many of their jobs. It’s completely understandable that these details about City Hall’s generosity to DWP employees might make the union a little worried. The utility is currently seeking a rate increase to pay for years of neglected maintenance and repair, even while it was building up its payroll. The last thing D’Arcy needed was for the public to get mad about being ripped off and to force the politicians to back down on rate increases. After all, some of the money will end up in IBEW paychecks, and other money will end up in the city treasury to pay the big raises won by other unions last money. That’s what D’Arcy didn’t want the public to know who earns what and what they do for the money. But Judge Janavs, who ruled in a similar case that the public has a right to know what goes on in public agencies, would hear none of it. last_img read more

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeThe only leader that needs to change if you want to improve performance, is youClick To TweetWhat affects performance is your relationship with peopleClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:39 — 24.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are many organizational and leadership consultants out there. But real leadership is something most of them don’t know anything about. That’s because they are focused on things like performance and data without taking a serious look at what brings those things about – the inner world of the leader. Cort Dial is an exception to that rule. He’s made it his mission to understand the personal and relational things that make great leaders great, the things that make them what he calls “All-in” leaders. You’ll enjoy this conversation between Anthony and Cort. It’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to real leadership, but is enough to get you thinking about yourself and the changes you need to make as a leader, which is what really matters.Cort Dial on Why Real Leadership Comes “All In” Leaders – Ep 93Click To TweetThe only leader that needs to change if you want to improve performance, is you.Cort Dial says that too often he’s hired to come in and fix an organization and the leader’s attitude is typically along the lines of, “Come in here and fix my people.” Cort’s response is not one those types of leaders want to hear. What he says to them goes something like this, “And what are you going to change in yourself?” Their response tells him all he needs to know about whether or not he’s going to be able to help the organization or not. That’s because real leadership starts when the leader is ready and able to take a deep look at themselves. As the leader grows and changes, the organization will naturally follow suit.Most organizations are driven by fear. Leaders have to be coachable in order to change that dynamic.Cort Dial says that most organization are driven by fear – fear of change, fear of getting in trouble, fear of breaking the rules, fear of not meeting quota. Just looking at those statements is enough to show that it’s a lousy way for any team to be motivated. What’s the alternative? Motivation that comes from accomplishing something bigger, something significant – and the only way to spark that kind of motivation is for the leader to be coachable. He/she has got to see things in a new way and that requires the humility to allow an outside perspective to inform what is going right and what is going wrong – in the organization and especially in themselves. Cort shares some great insights about what it takes to be that coachable in this conversation so be sure you listen.Most organizations are driven by fear. Leaders have to be coachable to change that dynamic.Click To TweetWhat affects performance is my relationship with people.When it comes down to it, the main barometer of most companies is performance. That makes sense when you’re looking for a quick way to assess a company, but it’s short-sighted if the only thing that’s ever done about lagging performance is to nag the team to do better. Cort Dial has learned that the relationships that exist within the team are what impact performance. If those are healthy, if those are strong and growing, performance will take care of itself. Find out how real leadership focuses on the relational dynamics of the team and why most leaders are scared to address the relational components of the business, on this episode of In The Arena.As a leader, you need someone to protect you from things you’re not ready to take on.One of the most important reasons every leader needs a coach is because the coach is able to stay aloof from the emotion and tension of situations to bring a clear, balanced perspective. In this conversation, Cort Dial tells of a client he was dealing with who was asked to give an account for his division’s lagging performance. His plan was to slam through a slide deck in his 7-minute slot in the agenda in order to justify the lack of results his team had achieved. Cort was able to show him a better way to approach the situation and his client walked out of the meeting with a chance to bring about the change that was needed and expected. Cort says it this an example of why, “You need someone to protect you from the things you’re not ready to take on.” It’s all about perspective and getting outside your own head, and a coach is one of the best ways to get that perspective. Hear more from Cort on this episode.As a leader, you need someone to protect you from things you’re not ready to take onClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Why Cort Dial is going to change the way you think about leadership. The “Hero’s Journey” outline popularized by Joseph Campbell. Why does personal transformation for leaders precede organizational change? What does it mean for someone to be coachable? Cort’s early experience with a leader who helped him overcome fear of the wrong dangers. What is it that gives people the predisposition to lead out of love VS fear? Why you need someone to protect you from things you’re not ready to take on. What do you have to look for to get past the data we typically use to make decisions?Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.CortDial.comJack WelchBOOK: The Little PrinceRoger Miller Song: You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd0997381701The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more