Julia’s job must be that easy even Abbott thinks he could do it

There’s only one place that Abbott wants to sleep at night and that’s The Lodge, Canberra. He won’t have to do anything to run the country once he’s there. Long sleep-ins will be his due reward.

Throw away the alarm clock. It won’t be needed.

Personally, I reckon it’d be best for the country if he did stay in bed. It’ll provide him with his only sanction.

Once you take up residence in The Lodge a tough world awaits you each morning. And the toughest job in the world would have to be the one where you are tasked with leading this country with a minority government. And one where you want to lead this country into the 21st century with groundbreaking social and economic changes. And doing so amid a hostile media, public and political environment.

They all conspire to make your job tougher yet they unwittingly toughen you up. They’ve toughened Julia Gillard up but not the man who is her opposite.

Conversely, he has grown weaker. It’s been a soft ride for him. He simply lacks what it takes to walk out of The Lodge each morning and run a progressive country.

There will be tasks on the job description that will leave him stupefied. I have picked a few out.

Support strategic direction

Applied to government, strategic thinking is the picture or profile that will determine the direction, nature and composition of their party. Primarily, strategic thinking produces a vision, a profile of what they want to achieve, which then helps them make the choices or decisions that fit within the parameters of this profile.

The party needs to collaborate on a shared purpose and strategic direction. Such areas include the broad strategies and key activities in their programs and policies. This involves the setting of priorities, establishing outcomes, developing action strategies and assigning timelines against each strategy.

Mr Abbott would need to apply a strategic approach. For instance, if an issue needs addressing then he needs to take responsibility for reconciling or correcting the issue, which means examining the issue and covering the nature of it, the dimension of it, the current approaches to it and the most suitable future action to resolve it.

How do you rate Mr Abbott on this?

How does he compare with Julia Gillard?

Communicate with influence

Two basic principles are required to confidently enter into conversation, liaison or negotiation: knowing what you are going to say and delivering the message appropriately; and by listening clearly to what is being said by the other party. Knowing the audience is also important. Any failure to communicate is not entirely the fault of the audience, and on such occasions the audience’s needs may not have been taken into consideration.

Learning to consult, listen, and interpret other people’s needs would be essential skills. This is particularly so during negotiation. During negotiation Mr Abbott would need to examine the situation from the other parties’ view in order to find common ground and build on emerging relationships. He would also need to recognise that negotiation or liaison is always best achieved if both parties are working to an agreed agenda. During the negotiation or liaison Mr Abbott would need to endeavour to adhere to a fairly rigid set of tried and tested processes that adopt those beliefs. These processes are to: examine the situation from the other parties’ view in order to find common ground, build on emerging relationships, detail any changes necessary and in a non-threatening manner describe the likely results if these changes do not take place.

How do you rate Mr Abbott on this?

How does he compare with Julia Gillard?

Develop productive working relationships

The Prime Minister has to recognise that the Australian community is one with varying and diverse cross needs and that effective working relationships are dependent on valuing these differences and diversities. If Mr Abbott were Prime Minister he won’t be able to simply polish up his skills in this area by building on working relationships he has with the mining billionaires, the media or the Catholic Church.

The Australian community is far more diverse. It includes unions, minority groups, government agencies, welfare groups, Indigenous Australians, Muslims, multi-culturalist societies, poor people, homeless people, atheists and the Proletariat.

And you’d also need to maintain effective working relationship with foreign powers.

How do you rate Mr Abbott on this?

How does he compare with Julia Gillard?

If Tony Abbott thinks Julia Gillards job is easy then he’s in for a shock. The three basic skills I have introduced are three that he demonstrates with breathtaking incompetence.

If he makes it to The Lodge he may as well stay in bed all day. Stupefied, of course.