The Godawan Point #317-4

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With the upcoming 2017 National Elections we have heard that there are over 200 candidates nationwide contesting for 111 parliamentary offices.

The Godawan point this week gives insight to being a great leader that we hope you can decide to be the right choice for our people.

Here are some comments made about the current Madang MP by members of a social media group in Facebook:

“Two weeks ago on a Saturday Nixion Duban invited all the ward areas in town to see him at 8am so everyone went to Madang district office and waited until 8pm after he had given some money to the villages, and he announced to the public that he is busy and cannot attend to the town people so all people walked home with hungry stomach. Most of them mothers and children. Please can someone explain what is going on?”

“Elections are gonna be a real challenge but NPD still has the numbers. If I can recall correctly, the last time NPD won was with around 18000 while BK came 2nd with 7000 or so… And that was when Madang political giants like the late Stanley Pil, Chief Yama and im not sure if AK too contested. NDP igat Base votes lo ples lo papa na mama lain lo m. Na m bikpla lo Madang urban too na…. All you political sawe man here traim na skelim??? “PNG politics still sawe look sawe lo blood na tumbuna story ya”…”

“Election should not be perceived as a race or competition among candidates or political parties. Rather it should be a mutual collective effort in sourcing the most suitable person who shares and understands the plight and aspirations of the people and most importantly has the ability to deliver beyond the expectations of the people with whatever resource available.”

“So who is the right candidate?”

Here are a few questions that some intending candidates may ask themselves to evaluate their intentions to stand for the people:

  1. How much do I contribute to the society?
  2. Will they appreciate my contribution and Vote me?
  3. Am I a popular figure in the society?
  4. How far and best can I get more Voters to vote for me?
  5. What could be the best technique to use in convincing people to vote me?

There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu. His philosophy on how to be a great leader and ensure you win in management, and life is summed up in these pieces of advice. They can all be applied by you as an appointed Member of Parliament when you get elected this year:

Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

We hope you can make a difference.



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