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Bill George
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Bill George

Bill George is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc., and the author of several best-selling books on leadership. His latest release is 7 Lessons for
Leading in Crisis

"People Support What They Help Create"

I believe President Obama is very wise in setting forth the principles of his health care plan rather than the details, and then having the patience to work out the details with the appropriate Congressional committees. Thus he avoids the trap that the Clintons ran into in 1993 in putting out a highly prescriptive plan that everyone ganged up on.

Obama's approach enables the congressional leaders to engage in the details and help create a plan they can supports. Since many of them like Senators Kennedy, Harkin, and Baucus are so dedicated to this arena, this increases the likelihood of a favorable plan being passed in 2009.

Obama's following a leadership adage I have used throughout my career, "People support what they help create."

By Bill George

 |  March 2, 2009; 11:31 AM ET
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