A week ago, my son Kynan
finally managed to persuade me to provide a little material so he could construct and put up a web site on my behalf. Then, after that was successfully launched, he informed me I now have to feed this monster.
I am struggling to enter the twentieth century. Should I live long enough I might even reach the degree of competency which could qualify me to be admitted to the twenty-first century. In the “good old days” some people considered me to be a “leader”. Now, at least in technological terms, I don’t even qualify to be classified as having reached nappy status. I am typical of my generation.
Two weeks ago my wife and I suddenly discovered that our television screen was reduced to showing us only four of the available free- to- air channels. We pressed every button on the remote control which was available. No improvement. Mind you, it wasn’t much of a loss because we never watch any of the commercial channels except when the Australian tennis championships are on. But I was miffed.
For two weeks I fumed at that wretched TV screen till my son- in- law Rob turned up. He’s our in- house fixer of anything electronic. He tried for a few minutes but without success. Fortunately his son Obed was also present, head buried in some mini electronic gadget as usual. So my grandson was summoned to assist.
Bingo! Opening a panel in the set I didn’t even know existed, in two and a half seconds he had the problem solved. I wasn’t too upset because we’ve only had this TV set for two years, so we can’t be expected to know everything about it. But I did think, so much for my leadership of my generation. Already I am passed by my grandson and cast aside as a useless relic of a previous era.
But how might one identify a real leader as compared to those whizz kids that have mastered all the technology that continuously bedazzles us? Here is a little acrostic that I have found helpful to remind me of what real leaders might look like.
Leaders: Model the way forward
Enable others to act
Encourage the heart
A leader who fulfils this MICEE role will never be mistaken for a rat. Like the Pied Piper, these sorts of leaders attract many followers irrespective of technological competence or incompetence.
It’s exhilarating to think how easily through modern technology, with a few key strokes we can access millions of other people around the world. While I have been privileged to work in over 70 countries I may not have visited you personally. But by coming to this site you are visiting me. Amazing!
I’m sorry I may not yet know you personally and therefore we are still strangers. But by your visit we may start the journey toward friendship. Remember, strangers are only friends who have yet to meet.
Welcome to my site. May we both enjoy your visit.