Leaders Edge: Change in PNG

Leaders Edge: Change in PNG

Lepatu
Lepatu

November 1st, 2011, 5:16 am #1

Leaders Edge:
Change is never a physical thing it is a manifestation of an internal change. When we change from the inside the outside changes. Our perspective on how you view life changes. My father once said, “A tomato gets ripe from the inside first and you see the change on the outside”. Metamorphoses is a process, an inside work.
PNG like other developing countries want s change. (Socio/ economic, political and spiritual change.) We strive for the betterment of human value and dignity. We want Respect, love, peace, equity and tolerance one for another. We value liberty, justice and righteousness as key indicators for our democracy. Among all pursuits for change and development, per suing Human development I believe is the key element to transformation in PNG or any society. Maintaining Change, understanding change and keeping up with change is both a challenge and a discipline.
Change takes place the moment you and I decide to take personal responsible for everything that as happen to us a nation. Let us not blame the government, our leaders past or present, our relatives and friends, or even our parents, husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend for that matter anybody.
Let us not blame even the circumstances and situations. Blaming others syndrome only disempowers us a people and a nation creating a victim mentality. We must take personal responsible for all that as happen to us as people and nation one way or another. (We are all responsible) We created the mess and we must make the right choice to create the right change we want. As Gandhi puts in well “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Great example: God is Love and love was personified exemplified in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He never blamed us for our sins or mistakes but took on our sins, shame, guilt and humiliation on himself nailing it to the cross setting us free. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for anyone who is in Christ Jesus and the Bible reveals that fact. We can choose today to live in freedom or live in the power of guilt and shame of yesterday. Freedom and change is a choice and we as individuals have to make that choice today.
There is a story in the bible 2 king 22:11 about a nation’s leader. King Josiah of Israel at that time.
Throughout his thirty-one years of godly leadership, King Josiah wholeheartedly followed the Lord and devoted himself to leading the people well. His own spiritual passion soon began to influence Judah and eventually brought about public reform.
Even today Josiah remains a vivid example of a key biblical principle: Outward reform begins with inward renewal. The leader must experience personal change before he or she can implement public change. Leaders make an impact the same way an atomic bomb does: They implode before they explode. (John Maxwell leadership Bible) Change always is internal and it begins with us.
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Street man
Street man

November 1st, 2011, 6:45 am #2

Good points...Change happens to us,within us, around us or we cause change.The world is changing faster than we think.change is inevitable irrespective of location, race, colour, creed, etc.The challenge is how we respond to change.Most likely we will:

1. Resist change when happens to us or
2. We adjust ourselves to accoommdate that change or
3. We avert change.

It really depends on our ability to foresee change and be able to accommodate that change.If leadership is visionless and irresponive to change that is happening, change will force itself on us.In the 1980s, I used to watch Rambo movie using a projector, in the 1990s i used to watch rambo movie in a cassette player.In the late 2000 I again watched same rambo movie in a CD player, now i can watch the same movie in a flash drive, or in a mobile phone!!.Same movie but the mode of transmission has changed.Change has happened!!. The managemnet of goverment like the movie has cahnged too but we have not changed our systems to flow with it. If you have leadership that is unwilling to change its governanace systems, process and procedures in confirmity with change in technology and communication then we have to spend much to accommodate, flow with the rest of the world.More catching up to do. Political leaders must be innovative thinkers.Leaders must not assume that the rest of the world is watching Rambo in a projector in the 21st century!! By embracing the colonial mindset we lost the plot.Indeed the world has changed. we are a 1000 years behind to catch up becuse for 36 years we lost sense and direction!!!
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nothing has changed
nothing has changed

November 2nd, 2011, 12:14 am #3

Yeah, you're watching the same movie but what hasn't changed is that everytime you buy a piece of new technology, you send more kina into the fat foreign hands that made the stuff. Thus, PNG slowly gets poorer. Nothing has changed, except that the fat foreign hands have convinced us to buy even more of their stuff, which means even more of our wealth flowing out of our country and into their pockets.
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street man
street man

November 2nd, 2011, 12:35 am #4

There you go...the end of not forseeing change to take adventage of it.Result: you pay, you lose, you die to accommodate change, that is reality.
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R. Lepatu
R. Lepatu

November 2nd, 2011, 1:06 am #5

Good points...Change happens to us,within us, around us or we cause change.The world is changing faster than we think.change is inevitable irrespective of location, race, colour, creed, etc.The challenge is how we respond to change.Most likely we will:

1. Resist change when happens to us or
2. We adjust ourselves to accoommdate that change or
3. We avert change.

It really depends on our ability to foresee change and be able to accommodate that change.If leadership is visionless and irresponive to change that is happening, change will force itself on us.In the 1980s, I used to watch Rambo movie using a projector, in the 1990s i used to watch rambo movie in a cassette player.In the late 2000 I again watched same rambo movie in a CD player, now i can watch the same movie in a flash drive, or in a mobile phone!!.Same movie but the mode of transmission has changed.Change has happened!!. The managemnet of goverment like the movie has cahnged too but we have not changed our systems to flow with it. If you have leadership that is unwilling to change its governanace systems, process and procedures in confirmity with change in technology and communication then we have to spend much to accommodate, flow with the rest of the world.More catching up to do. Political leaders must be innovative thinkers.Leaders must not assume that the rest of the world is watching Rambo in a projector in the 21st century!! By embracing the colonial mindset we lost the plot.Indeed the world has changed. we are a 1000 years behind to catch up becuse for 36 years we lost sense and direction!!!
Street man… Excellent contribution
Change is indeed inevitable, it is global phenomenon, we can’t resist , nor can we avert change But we have to flow with change, (accommodate and make the necessary adjustments is the key) A fish that swims in the water is wet anyway and it must learn to flow with current and use it for its advantage to fan for food and survival. Certainly there as to be a paradigm shift and mindset we have to replace. We cannot still be in business and thriving, using yesterday’s methods and out dated technology.
I guess 36 years we have not lost a sense of direction but have learnt better. Our leaders have done well and we need to applaud them. They have given us a great constitution and a great democracy one that we truly can be proud of and one that we can build on. Like all developing nations we have had our fair share of problems (the growing pains of a nation in transition) Yes, a few teething problems here and there but nothing of a major catastrophe in comparison with other countries.
Our political leaders have run their leg of the marathon and have had made their contribution to the development of our country and we can only do better from here on. It’s time and only logical that they pass on the button to the upcoming generation to encourage and build the spirit of true patriotism and promote national interest for the advancement of our country. (That is leadership with a paternal heart) We need Fathers to mentor and encourage the sons and daughters to have a go. For 36 years we have been in primary school it all cool but it’s time to graduate to high school level. We need leaders with fore sight and insight. We need to understand the times and seasons we are in. There are a lot of global uncertainties (Political and economic) that is affecting social cohesion in a society. Homes, families, business, social institutions and infrastructure are affected we see and hear that on the news.
It’s time we stop petty politics, stop taking sides and take a good look at where we are (make our checks and balances) forecast on the big picture. Let us bring to the table our past experiences and new ideas of reforms. Let us create the change we want without stereo type. Let us adopt and assimilate change within our cultural context and social frame work. (This will take time may be a generation to change but let’s give it head start) It’s time we define our values, our ideals as a nation, what are we prepared to die for and what defines us a nation? These are the hard questions but leaders have to answer. We have to know where we heading as a nation. The winds of change are blowing and there is turbulence in the water and our sailing boat (our nation) is sailing along with others and the question is... will we end in the right direction. At end of the day we are responsible to set the sail.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

November 2nd, 2011, 3:46 am #6

You are right, there are winds of change blowing.We live in a global village and already there is world wide Tides of change, economically, politically, socially and spiritually.Across the globe, leaders are sensing an urgency into interrating their nations into these changes because economic interdependeance is now a reality in the world.Old styles of leadership have lost their effectiveness and must yeild to the new equation of 21st century leadership.These international changes includes shifts in emphasis,priorities and methods of governanace and economic management.We, PNGeans must consider carefully how these changes affect our lives and the lives of the future generations.It is true, we cnnot change the past nor can we dwell on the past mistakes.It is imperative that we must know how to prepare for change, how to respond to change, how to maximise change and what to do to ourselves inorder to full our individual and corporate destines.We must be prepared for transformation.Right now change begins with me.Life is always moving forward and even those who are essentially living quiet lives are affected by change.God is a moving God. God is always moving us forward in the fulfilment of his purpose.If we cannot change, we will be left behind in God's purpose for our own individual lives,our families, our community, province and the nation. Change will affect us..Change is continual,everything changes and nothing on earth is as permenant as change.
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R. Lepatu
R. Lepatu

November 2nd, 2011, 10:28 am #7

Thank you for your input most appreciated
With regard to economic interdependencies between countries .With the formation of the EEC, G8, G20 and the alliances of the BRIC nations as an emerging force in the 21st century.
(Brazil, Russia, India, China and now South Africa included) with more than 2.8 billion people with 40 percent of the world’s population and cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area over three continents, and account for more than 25 percent of global GDP. The BRIC countries have met and seek out opportunities for cooperation in trade, investment, infrastructure development and other arenas. It is said that with the rapid economic growth and demographics of China and India are expected to give rise to a large middle class whose consumption would help drive the BRICs’ economic development and expansion of the global economy.
I was just thinking the possibilities and what it would look like if countries in the south pacific including Australia and New Zealand create a united currency and expand economic ties creating a united south pacific. How would that looks it's impacts and dynamics. I would love your opinion on the matter and would appreciate any thoughts of anyone in this regard…
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street man
street man

November 3rd, 2011, 12:55 am #8

@Lepatu..you are talking about regional moilisation, mergers and networking.Infact,this is the age for increased mobilisation although aspects of mobility are hampered by certain economic, political and geographic challenges.For example,AUS&NZ have market power over the pacific and compete for the resources in the Pacific may not be willing to form a regional group.They simply cannot lower their status...(always would want to be the policeman of the Pacific).You have MSG,APEC,etc which lack certain challenges to push for stronger economic recognition for the region.But,your suggestion for a more coerive Pacific group of nations is not an isolated call,infact countries in the world are asking to be respected as equal partners and soverign nations within the community of nations-regardless of thier size and economic strength. They desire equal acess, equal opportuinty and equal value and so too must be the pacific nation.I beleive this agenda is before the APEC to consider and deliberate. The idea is that leadership in the pacific or the wolrd is a shared responsibility with collobation and cooperation among nations rather than few nations dictating others.The idea of a sigle currency in the Pacific will have its own ramifications and adventages, like, EURO in europe forcing many countires to bankcruptcy.
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R.lepatu
R.lepatu

November 3rd, 2011, 3:18 am #9

Street man….Thank you for your valuable contribution and taking the time to write and discuss about this issue. (Hope more people write, Guess we are all busy but a forum like this is good place for us ordinary people bounce ideas and talk straight talk) No nation is an Island on its own co -dependency, collaboration, integration, mergers and networking seem to be the way forward into future, as the world become smaller through information technology, trade and globalization. You raised many good points for discussion, If may ask can you elaborate further share light on just two points
1- How do you see PNG’s role in the next APEC meeting? What are our pressing issues and what do you think PNG should bring to the table?

2- A single currency in the south pacific as advantage and disadvantage can we highlight some and how can we in the pacific do better learning from the mistakes of others?
Thank you for all contributions….. would love others to contribute as well.
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street man
street man

November 3rd, 2011, 5:35 am #10

@Lepatu....In an economic perspective, a single currency for Pacific nations will maximize economic efficiency to have the entire region share a single currency. There are many benefits for this. First and foremost, the rules of engagement must be well defined before the set up of a single currency. Rules to limit a country's annual deficit to certain per cent of gross domestic product, and the total accumulated debt to certain per cent of G.D.P so that no nation's annual deficient goes below sending it to bankruptcy.
The most obvious benefit of adopting a single currency for the Pacific region is to remove the cost of exchanging currency, theoretically allowing businesses and individuals to consummate previously unprofitable trades. For consumers, banks in the Pacific currency will charge the same for intra-member cross-border transactions as purely domestic transactions for electronic payments (e.g., credit cards, debit cards and cash machine withdrawals).
The absence of distinct currencies also removes exchange risks. The risk of unanticipated exchange rate movement adds additional risk or uncertainty for companies or individuals that invest or trade outside their own currency zones. Companies will hedge against this risk and will no longer need to shoulder additional cost and this will be particularly important for Pacific Island nations whose currencies traditionally fluctuate great deal.
Financial markets in the region will be expected to be far more liquid and flexible than they were in the past. The reduction in cross-border transaction costs will also allow larger banking firms to provide a wider array of banking services that can compete across and beyond the Pacific region, such as BSP. Another effect of the common Pacific currency is that differences in prices – in particular in price levels – should decrease because of the 'law of one price'.
However, the problem with this is that differences in prices can trigger speculative trade in some commodities across borders purely to exploit the price differential. Therefore, prices on commonly traded goods are likely to converge, causing inflation in Small Island nations like Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, etc and deflation in others during the transition.
A single currency will foster financial integration especially with respect to the securities markets. It will lead to an integration in terms of investment in bond portfolios, with Pacific Island nations with AUS & NZ lending and borrowing more between each other than with other countries. It will decrease the interest rates of most members countries, in particular those with a weak currency. As a consequence the market value of firms from countries which previously had a weak currency will significantly increase.
However, the risk is that if one country fails and breaks the rules of management, it can plunge the rest into collapse. There are lessons that must be learnt from the EURO and its effects on the 27 European countries were tied to Euro currency.



















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