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Racing to the baa-llot box

The final days of campaigning by all the major political party leaders can be exhausting to watch.

It’s not just the endless travelling all over the country, they all need to have their brain in ‘top gear’ to handle the relentless questioning by voters and journalists alike.sheep racing

On radio and TV the focus is mostly on the party leader. But behind Cameron, Clegg, Miliband, Sturgeon, Farage, etc there is a team of staff, supporters and volunteers, all playing their part to help bring in the votes for ‘their’ party.

Adrenaline will be playing its part with the excitement of the most important day in any politician’s career.

We often see corporate teams performing at their most efficient during the last few minutes of the time allocated for the task.

They’ve discovered many ways that have not helped to herd the sheep into the pen:

Different formations.

Assigning new roles.

Change the shepherd.

Use alternative commands.

And each time they re-group and come up with a new strategy. Has the whole team ‘bought’ the idea? Is it democratically decided or does the loudest voice ‘win’?

The pressure is on and they now have a few minutes to achieve their goal. Just a small proportion of the total time allocated. Is the team totally committed? Do they all believe the sheep will be herded into the pen?

Will every single member of the political party team pull their weight right till the bitter end? There’s no room for passengers. The result could win or lose on the weakest link, just like in the field – and just like in the workplace.