Our goals at OIC are ambitious, and we’re setting ourselves up to do something that has never been done. It’s an entirely new way of looking at an old problem — how to execute something meaningful for a large population in need, and then getting out.
In a growth obsessed world, we fawn over leaders who maximise profits in the shortest possible time frame, those who achieve exponential growth against expectations.
But what if this form of leadership doesn’t help in the long term? What if we need leaders who are more tortoise than hare?
On 22nd October, 2018, I was invited to speak at my old school – Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, on the topic of leadership. Most talks of this nature set up adults as learned superiors. But given the lack of inspiring adult leaders, it got me thinking – maybe children intuitively know what leadership is?
Here’s a transcript of my speech.
5 years ago, I came to Cambodia knowing virtually nothing about the country. Now, I still maintain I know next to nothing. As I step back from leadership of OIC Cambodia, here’s 5 things that challenged my preconceived ideas of working in Cambodia.
In 2013, I started OIC Cambodia . Now, I’m months away from handing over leadership.
Stepping back from OIC, the organisation I founded, will be bittersweet. But this move isn’t just necessary, it’s also crucial to our future success. Here’s why.
In the West, it seems we want to worship leaders who are invincible. Leaders who are all knowing, all wise and can do anything. In my experience, these leaders don’t exist. Here’s how my experience as the leader of OIC Cambodia involves getting people better than me on board.
John C. Maxwell said: “The difference between a boss and a leader is that a boss says, “Go.” A leader says, “Let’s go.”” We need to throw the word “boss” out the window.
Three years ago, I founded OIC: The Cambodia Project, an initiative to establish speech therapy as a profession in Cambodia. Starting OIC from nothing has been a huge challenge. And yet, it’s time for me to say goodbye.