“I am a born leader. I lead by example, being quick to make decisions. It’s all about solutions, it’s not about problems”
This is Jade Nash. You know her, she might sit opposite you. She might be your boss. Heaven forfend that she is you.
Jade is a contestant in The Apprentice, and those words above are how she describes herself this week when just appointed project lead for a task.
I love The Apprentice. It’s like turning over a stone and seeing scuttling creatures beneath. Disgusting but fascinating. The people and attitudes displayed are cartoon versions of command and control, for me it’s like the two minute hate in Orwell’s 1984 where I let off steam in a controlled environment at the dupes on the telly, figureheads for all I despise in command and control management.
Jade is typical, certainly no worse than the others, but she is selected for this weeks 2 minute hate due to her fine choice of words at the top that perfectly capture the thinking of the dynamic C&C leader. Let’s look at what she says.
“I am a born leader.”
Aren’t you all though dearie? In the realm of the C&C person nobody is ever simply a manager, God no. Same as being a born leader. As 95% of performance is down to the individual, what could be more individualistic than the skills of leadership being a trait you are born with and don’t simply acquire.
Bit like royalty. If anybody could learn those skills, then that lessens the specialness. Better to be born to leadership. Like the Lion-King!
I don’t want someone to model myself on. I don’t want to be you.
Why else would you want to be an example? Surely not as a warning?
“being quick to make decisions.”
-You’re a fire chief in a burning building with a team of fire fighters looking at you for a decision.
-You’re in an operating theatre, something has just gone wrong with the patient, his blood pressure drops and heart monitor alarm goes off. Your team look at you as Head Surgeon for the decision.
-You are a manager reviewing a PID for a project.
Two of these need quick decision making.
“It’s all about solutions, it’s not about problems”
The problem is the external reality. The solution is what is inside this ladies head. One is her special unique clever gift to the world, the other is mundane shared dull old reality.
Of course it has to be all about solutions. She is a solutioneer. I’d wager she has never met a problem she couldn’t solve with a snappy solution. If she has she wouldn’t know, as she’ll have moved on. Dynamism see! Only losers ponder. It’s not rocket science is it?
This post isn’t about Jade Nash. It is about what she represents and the system that created and rewarded her to be who she is. She could be any Jade, but happens to be this Jade.
I wish Jade Nash well in all her endeavours, but I suspect I know what Field Marshall Moltke would do with Jade.