Thought: Knowledge is noting, what you d

Thought: Knowledge is noting, what you do with it is everything.

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Posted November 15, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized

Yesterday’s Cowboys game is the reason

Yesterday’s Cowboys game is the reason I don’t gamble. Who saw that coming?

Posted November 15, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized

Thought: Stop making excuses. Make somet

Thought: Stop making excuses. Make something happen starting today. God will assist.

Posted November 2, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized

Remember to vote. It’s not just a right

Remember to vote. It’s not just a right, it’s a way of taking control over your life. See my blog.

Posted November 1, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized

Thought: Patience is a virtue, but you m

Thought: Patience is a virtue, but you must be working on what you’re waiting on for it to manifest

Posted October 29, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized

It’s amazing to me that some people stil

It’s amazing to me that some people still believe multiculturalism is a fad, although we’ve been on this march for more than 100 years

Posted October 28, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized

Picking Candidates

I was talking with a friend a week or so ago about the state of the economy and the upcoming elections. Needless to say, we were on opposite sides of the fence. As a former corporate strategist, and perhaps, a perpetual optimist, I have a tendency look at what has been done and what more can be done versus what hasn’t been done (half full versus half empty kind of thing). I find that people can always disagree about what actions to be taken or even the impact of results, but people cannot disagree about one’s inability to change the past. As such, looking at the past is only constructive on two fronts: (a) comparing actions versus purpose (did I do what I said I was going to do); and (b) measuring performance versus objectives (how well did I do it). In evaluating the current administration’s actions and performance, I listed the following accomplishments: (1) passing of the health care bill (although imperfect); (2) removal of troops from Iraq; (3) repayment of TARP; (4) rescue of auto industry; (5) $20 billion from BP to clean up the oil spill; (6) first Hispanic women on the supreme court; (7) aversion of complete financial Armageddon; and restoration of a climate of international diplomacy to name a few things. I tried to make the point that, although there is still much to be done, all of the above actions are consistent with what POTUS stood for as a candidate, in my opinion, given the gravity of the situation, he’s executed fairly well.

However, this blog is not so much about advocating for the President (or his party) as it is about encouraging everyone to vote and sharing a framework I use in making candidate selections. In recent elections, I have used an adaptation of McKenzie’s “Seven S” framework and offer it up to you for consideration. That is, select candidates that are (1) sober; (2) sensible; and (3) sane and avoid candidates that are scary (fear mongers), satirical; simple; or status qua oriented.

Let me explain. I prefer candidates that are: (1) Sober minded. Such candidates have a clear sense of the issues that are most important to us and have a mindset to address them; (2) Sensible: they offer creative yet workable solutions versus empty rhetoric or, in some cases, no solutions at all; (3) Sane: the candidate running for office believes that government plays a vital role and that government has the ability to impact our lives in a positive way. It seems to me that candidates running for office, but have an inherent loathing for government, or that believe government is essentially powerless to impact something as important as the economy, exercise a sort political insanity. Such people say things like “government can’t create jobs, only the private sector can create jobs”. If that’s the case, why run for office. Start a business and get off the government payroll.

Conversely, I try to avoid candidates that: (4) use scare tactics and fear to create an emotional charge (particularly on matters of race, class, or gender) and have no substantial platform otherwise. It’s like the guy who yells “fire” in a crowded theater, but can’t point you to the exit door. Anyone can cause a panic, but a true leader is one who can effectively respond; (5) Satirical in nature. Some candidates are great at criticizing others, yet have no plan themselves. They sometimes use Christianity as a ploy. But if my memory serves me correctly that certain savior, while pointing out the faults of the people, also performed countless miracles along the way; (6) Simple minded. Some candidates take a hammer to every problem. Having been involved in corporate turnarounds, I can tell you that righting a ship is not easy. Sometimes it takes awhile even once you understand the problem to develop executable solutions. I am always a bit leery of candidates that have a simple one size fits all strategy like “lower taxes” as the answer to every problem. Complex problems frequently require multi-tiered solutions (structural changes) in order to effectively address the problem. Our economy is complex, which by definition, requires hard choices and sustained effort to address. As such, we need people with significant mental bandwidth to help us sort through the complexity and make the hard choices necessary; and (7) Status qua oriented. Candidates who are yesterday oriented versus future oriented are to be avoided. The world is a different place today than it was even 10 years ago and is constantly changing. Given the interdependency of global economies, we need politicians, like market makers, who are future oriented and help us “skate to where the puck is going, not to where it’s been”.

Regardless of your position I think it is vitally important for you to get out to vote. It’s not just a right; it’s a way of living.

Posted October 28, 2010 by galleryroadproductions in Uncategorized