In defence of Jacob Zuma: Reflecting on the State president’s reshuffling, Shadow roles and Basic Assumptions.

Having just watched these very dynamics play out recently in an organisation of which I am a member, this post made for extremely interesting reading. The description of the Basic Assumptions of groups was spot on when it came to describing the behaviour that was exhibited by members of this group, particularly in terms of the focus on one individual.

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You know, I read the article “Son or Lover? Boss or Father? Mother or Child?” by David Delp about the childish shadow roles we play as adults in life and at work (read the rest of it here: http://pilotfire.com/son-or-lover-boss-or-father-mother-or-child/) and I started thinking about the recent announcement the state president of the country and the subsequent national conversation.

And it better articulated for me what I always saw as Bionian Dependency that is sweeping many of us in the country. We are so pre-occupied with the president and his team, what they do, what they do not do, so much that we do not realise that we have taken our eye off the ball. When he sneezes we move. Granted, our president encourages us, because he also caught in this dynamic that we all seduce each other into.

We have taken our mind off the role WE need to play…

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MH Consulting is a specialist Marketing & PR Consultancy to the Coaching & Mentoring industry in South Africa. In addition to working with select clients who have approached us to handle their accounts, We run a specialised workshop: Market Your Practice Without Spending a Cent© on request to groups. About Megan Hudson (Owner): Megan has a degree in Politics and Languages, and spent most of her early career in the fields of Marketing and Advertising. She qualified as a coach in 2001, and ran a successful practice until about 2007. She is also a qualified Ethologist, with a degree through an Onderstepoort-affiliated body, as well as having studied Psychology though UNISA. She continues to reflect on the close similarities between the study of politics, and animal and human behaviour. Megan's guiding principles are Integrity and Aesthetics. In addition to being retained by COMENSA (the national professional body for coaches and mentors in South Africa) on a national basis in Marketing & PR, she runs a number of successful businesses including a property business, a specialist marketing consultancy, a marketing training company (developed in 2001) aimed at SME’s but tailored specifically to Coaches & Mentors. Megan has also had an online business since 2004, which is an on-going guinea pig for many of the tricks that she teaches her students. She strongly believes in contributing to her country and to its growth, and runs her Marketing course free of charge for a number of non-profit organisations. Because it delivers immediate results, the SME's that she works with are able to grow their businesses, earn more money and create more employment.
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