Bob Turek at Project Management 411 has been hosting a discussion on what defines a leader and in a separate post Eric Eggerston added on the need for clarity of vision. So I thought it was only right that I add to the conversation in more than just the comments on the original post.
In general, I’m not a cynical person, In fact, I’ve always said that I’d rather be a chump than a cynic, but I also believe in two old adages,
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
The first time it’s a mistake, the second time it’s experience and the third time it’s stupidity.
I try very hard to avoid the third time.
But time and experience have taken their toll and my cynicism has increased over the years—especially in politics.
We have no leaders, let alone statesmen, just ideologues, elected by like-minded ideologues, who care only about getting reelected, bringing government money back to their constituency and making lucrative connections in the event they aren’t reelected or are caught by term limits.
In most elections I find myself going to the polls, holding my nose and voting for whomever I see as the least offensive candidate—the one I believe will do the least damage—and maybe even buy us a bit more time to find real solutions.
But I don’t hold my breath.
Solutions mean going against entrenched interests—the same interests that pony up the money needed to win the next election.
And so it goes.
Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
Sad to say we’re at the same level that created them—if not lower.
How say you? Do you think we’re on the right path?
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