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John H. Cochran, MD
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John H. Cochran, MD

Executive Director of The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the regional Permanente Medical Groups, which employ 15,000 physicians who care for 8.6 million Kaiser Permanente members.

A seductive opportunity

In response to the On Leadership question: Imagine you are a speech writer working on this week's State of the Union address. Draft a memorable passage that would allow the president to get his leadership mojo back

The president needs three themes:

1) Contrition and conviction: I think he needs to demonstrate a level of humility and awareness that this is "his shift," and things are very problematic in a number of areas. He must demonstrate his resolve and conviction to keep learning and finding the solutions that will get us in the right direction.

2) Learning, not blaming: The president should show a clear commitment to learning what the problems are AND what about his work and ideas have failed to create the solutions. The speech is a seductive opportunity to blame the past or a variety of variables would be a real sign of leadership weakness.

3) Acknowledge and challenge: Listen, learn, gather more data and really define and understand the issues and the problems AND challenge the Congress, business, states and himself to work together to get away from partisan protectionism and focus on the greater needs of the entire country and world.

By John H. Cochran, MD

 |  January 26, 2010; 5:52 AM ET
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