Thai Culture: Did the Young Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Fails McKinsey Leadership Test?

Even I know aking Taksin, Jai and Jakrapop to give up is a foolish thing to

Even I know asking Taksin, Jai and Jakrapop to give up is a childish political shell game

By James-this blog’s webmaster

McKinsey on Management Under Turbulence:

The global consultancy leader McKinsey says that in this age of unprecedented uncertainty, managers needs to:

“Uncertainty of this magnitude will leave some leaders lost in the fog. To avoid impulsive, uncoordinated, and ultimately ineffective responses, companies must evaluate an unusually broad set of macroeconomic outcomes and strategic responses and then act to make themselves more flexible, aware, and resilient.”

The key words, as to the solutions to dealing with uncertainty, are flexible, aware and resilient.

Well Abhisit is the most important manager in Thailand at this point, because he is charged and responsible for managing Thailand. But is he flexible, aware and resilient?

Abhisit Failed the McKinsey Test?

  • Is Abhisit flexible? Well just look at the way he keeps all the tainted ministers in his cabinet.
  • Is he resilient, which means the ability to recover? Well like even the “All hail to Abhisit” Yoon of the Nation is getting impatience out about how wishy-washy and total lack of leadership skills Abhisit is demonstrating.

“Abhisit blames all the controversial about the police situation on the press, but there are clear evidence that serious conflict exists….But Abhisit had been muddling in trying to solve the problem and not decisive……Abhisit must be a leader,” said Yoon.

  • Then what about “Awareness?”

Well looks like total ignorance of the facts. Because Abhisit still think he can talk the Red Shirt to lay down their arms and play dead for the right wing to walk all over. Like asking Chaovalit who is close to the Red Shirt, to go tell the Red Shirt to stop the petition-is really just plain nonsense.

  • Abhsit is lying to himself that if Taksin is gone, the Red Shirt will disappear and the movement stop.
  • The Red Shirt is about Taksin only because, “The lower class of Thailand and Taksin share a great deal in common.”
  • That commonality is that both have been treated unfairly by the class system.
  • Both see the solution in democracy, freedom and social-justice.


Thai Rath, a mass circulated daily, political team, said that it might be wrong to petition the palace, but it  is also only fair that Taksin is seeking a pardon, because a great deal of other people did the same in the past. And to not allow Taksin to do the same, is an injustice.

Abhisit Destructively Links His Survival to the Palace Survival

Well anyone who reads enough of the Red Shirt official communications channel, Thai e-news, will see it clear as daylight that the Red Shirt is just using Taksin as the unifying factor and as the banker, to support one fraction in the Red Shirt that wants to “Change Thailand Fundamentally” and another fraction, that wants, “Social Justice, Freedom and Democracy.”

  • Taksin is the guy that is literally keeping the flood of anger at the Thai class system “In-Checked” and not out of hand.
  • So in fact, when Abhisit attacks Taksin, a key threat to himself and the government, Abhisit brings in the palace as a shield to protect itself.
  • So now it becomes, anyone who opposes Abhisit, is opposing the palace.


Just follow Thai e-news for a week, and one will see all the time two main themes and one is a French Revolution type of thing by some Reds, and then you get another side of the Reds, who says the palace future in Thailand must be protected in the fight for liberty. Then as things within the Reds start to get hot, Taksin comes out and says, “We must keep uniting.” And then follows a series of appeasement with the palace.

This cycle has been running for a long time now with the Reds-and for Abhisit to not see this as an opportunity for talks, it is either total ignorance or an intention to keep using “Taksin’s Royalty Question” for political gains.

Ask yourself, how many times have Abhisit said, “I am totally royal and Taksin wants to destroy royalism.”

Abhisit Failed to Capitalize on Neo-Royalist Point of View:

  • Well we all at this blog consider ourselves Neo-Royalist-meaning we see no problem in having the institution of King in Thailand co-existing with freedom and democracy. Our vision for Thailand is like the UK system really.

So we are definitely against any change that will abolish the institution of King in Thailand-and this means we are anti-extreme Red Shirt.

But then we are also pro-democracy and freedom-and this means we are anti-Abhisit and the right wing gang also. Furthermore, any one can see clearly by now if they are not blind by special interest, that it is the right wing that dragged and keeps on dragging the palace into politics.

  • Like really, using the government powers at strong arm tactics to get people to sign the petition against the petition-that is sheer madness because that action is linking force of coercion to the palace.

Does not Abhisit understand how damaging that is to the palace?

Abhisit Makes Problems Worse: Takes Palace and Politics to Grassroots:

  • The Red Shirt just asks people to join the petition-with no strong arming at all.


Matichon, a mass circulated daily, political desk, just reported of the yearly meeting of the Thai Village Headmen Association-that quoted the head of the Democrat strong-hold of Southern Thailand delegate head as saying the Taksin petition is harmful to the palace and so it will get the villagers to sign the petition, and Taksin strong-hold of the North and E-Sarn delegates heads said they will be neutral on the mater and let the villagers decide for themselves.

Abhisit is a Lost Cause:

Abhisit pours all that energy into defeating Taksin and the Red Shirt-yet he doesn’t even read Thai e-news to study his enemy-to get an understanding of them. With that understanding, solutions can be found. But instead, he then goes about hurting the palace as he goes about trying to destroy Taksin.


Matichon just ran an analysis/opinion piece on Abhisit. It said that this move to counter taksin petition drive, with an anti-Taksin drive, is splitting the country in to pieces. “The government is not neutral, but have attacked Taksin, adding to the flames of conflict, instead of bringing all parties to the table to settle the difference,” said the Matichon piece.

In Sum: Abhisit Not the Right Man for the Job:

And all of this really goes to show you that Abhisit is not the right choice to manage Thailand during this time of turbulence at all.

  • Just read the following attached article from McKinsey, the global leader in consulting and see what type of leadership is needed, and what a leader these days are up against..

Then just ask yourself this simple question: “Does Abhisit fit the profile of what is needed in Thailand-during this great internal and external turbulent times?”

  • McKinsey On Managing in Turbulence:

As consumers batten down the hatches and the global economy slows, senior executives confront a more profoundly uncertain business environment than most of them have ever faced. Uncertainty surrounds not only the downturn’s depth and duration—though these are decidedly big unknowns—but also the very future of a global economic order until recently characterized by free-flowing capital and trade and ever-deepening economic ties.

The task of business leaders must be to overcome the paralysis that dooms any organization and to begin shaping the future. One starting point is to take stock of what they do know about their industries and the surrounding economic environment; such an understanding will probably suggest needed changes in strategy. Even then, enormous uncertainty will remain, particularly about how governments will behave and the global real economy and financial system will interact. All these factors, taken together, will determine whether we face just a few declining quarters, a severe global recession, or something in between.

Uncertainty of this magnitude will leave some leaders lost in the fog. To avoid impulsive, uncoordinated, and ultimately ineffective responses, companies must evaluate an unusually broad set of macroeconomic outcomes and strategic responses and then act to make themselves more flexible, aware, and resilient.

Building these organizational muscles will allow companies not only to survive but also to seize the extraordinary opportunities that arise during periods of vast uncertainty.

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