Teamwork 101 for politicians

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. Winston Churchill

Teamwork required

We give our UK political leaders immense power – even (for now) those who supplant the ones we elected and who change commitments and direction without consultation. We stare, amazed at their petty conflicts and absence of teamwork.

Easy if you know how

These wee-folk demonstrate the basics of effective teamwork. They know you need …

  • a shared goal
  • clear communication
  • prompt feedback
  • encouraging onlookers
  • positive reinforcement
  • enthusiastic appreciation of excellent performance

Come on politicians

Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Ambrose Bierce

Given competence, teamwork gets results – If you don’t/can’t organise and cooperate how will you make useful things happen? I remember a Japanese professor explaining how in the UK culture we tended to value the boss’s brain whereas in their (Quality Circle) culture, they valued all the brains. Thinking of the recent Truss/Kwarteng screw up, what went wrong?

  • They neither understood nor had the expertise to do the job.
  • They ignored teamwork and the potential contribution from available (if not fired) experts.
  • They wouldn’t know a proper plan if they fell over one.
  • They naively expected ideological puff to con the markets, convince comrades and almost certainly destroy what’s left of the UK economy.


  • Soundbites are noise and nothing more. The frequent repetition of slogans signal deceit, danger and disrespect.
  • If you don’t understand a challenge, how can you overcome it?
  • Ideology wont solve problems on its own.
  • The sad and ridiculous situation in the UK is not due to OPEC, Putin, the markets or even greed – it is due to crap leadership.
  • Expertise from outside the political herd is essential if we are to return to success and a de-stressed population.
  • Politicians must be qualified to implement and manage with real-world skills like diagnosis, planning and having their performance measured against objective criteria. Why give the control of the vast machine of government to ineffectual people who tend to dissemble, bully and act in narrow self-interest.

Should be easy

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H.L. Mencken

There’s nothing like a cynical quote to end on. Is there truth in it?


© Mac Logan