Behind The Scenes: Weekly Blog by Tamara Simon
Business Lessons for RTOs from my favourite Movies, TV Shows and Books
What’s The Ambition For Your RTO?
This month’s Blog takes inspiration from one of my favourite TV Shows of all time: The West Wing.
As a keen observer of American politics. I truly feel like we’re watching life imitating art. And for those who have seen this wonderful series, I’m sure like me, you’ve said on more than one occasion, ‘Wow, that’s just like xx West Wing episode’. Scary but true.
The premise of The West Wing is it shows us what’s happening behind the scenes at the White House from all perspectives:
- President Bartlet
- Abbey (Mrs Barlet)
- Leo (Chief of Staff)
- Josh (Deputy Chief of Staff)
- CJ (Press Secretary)
- Toby (Communications Director)
- Sam (Deputy Communications Director)
- Donna (Josh’s Secretary)
- Margaret (Leo ‘s Secretary)
- Landingham (President Bartlet’s personal secretary)
- Charlie (Personal Aide to the President)
as well as the many ancillary characters (Situation Room players, Senators, Congress, the Democratic and Republican Party members and the voting public).
Whenever I’m in need of inspiration, humour and a reality check, this is my go to show.
So please enjoy my weekly Blogs as I weave the Business, People and Systems insights which can be implemented into any RTO from the abundance of inspiring and relevant quotes from this critically acclaimed series.
We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. This is the time for American heroes and we reach for the stars.
(20 Hours in America Part 2)
Now, you may read this quote, I think that it’s a bit esoteric, and in some ways you’d be right.
But in the context of the episode and where he was, it’s aspirational.
President Bartlet made this speech at a DNC Fundraiser dinner just after a pipe bomb had killed 44 students at a Midwest university swim meet.
So what aspiration do you have for your RTO?
What’s the aspiration of yourself as its leader?
What’s the aspiration for your team?
What’s the aspiration for your students?
But aspiration and inspiration are only part of the equation, aren’t they?
You also need a profitable strategy as well as being willing to put in the hard work, or the perspiration, needed to get the desired result.
So what’s your rating out of 10 for:
- Aspiration and Inspiration?
- Profitable Business Strategy?
- Willingness to do the hard work (Perspiration)?
If you don’t want to run again, I respect that. But if you don’t run because you think it’s going to be too hard, or you think you’re going to lose, well God Jed, I don’t even want to know you.
Such a profound yet simple quote.
No matter how scared you are, you have to try so you can at least see what’s possible and whether it was worth the effort.
Because if we’re not brave enough to try, then how can we objectively and hand on heart use the phrase ‘it didn’t work’.
And here’s my final thought:
I think ambition is good. I think overreaching is good.
(100, 000 Airplanes)
So what’s the ambition for your RTO?
How is your RTO overreaching…..
- for your students?
- for your team?
- for your community?
President Bartlett always uses the phrase, ‘What’s Next’ to tell his staff he has got the point and was ready to move on and take action.
So what’s next for your RTO?