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Carol Kinsey Goman

Carol Kinsey Goman is an executive coach, author and keynote speaker. Her latest book is The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work.

Acknowledge the reality

Question: Like U.S. presidents, military and non-profit leaders often face the equivalent of "midterm elections" in which they and their strategies are subject to an initial market test or performance evaluation. What's the first thing President Obama, or any leader, should do or say when confronted with unambiguously negative results from a mid-course evaluation?

The best response is candor. Acknowledge the reality--and do so quickly. I once asked an executive team what they were going to do with the devastating results of an employee survey. The managers' first reaction was, "Well, we certainly can't post those!" To which I replied, "Why not? Your employees already know it."

By Carol Kinsey Goman

 |  November 1, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
Category:  Corporate leadership , Failures , Government leadership , Making mistakes , Organizational Culture , Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The first thing Obama should have said is to express a great sorrow that the American people have been duped by the Republicans, Fox propaganda, and massive corporate advertising distortions! Then assure the people that he would oppose the Republican agenda to repeal the gains for the people during his first two years in office, allow the Bush Tax cuts to expire, and aggressively challange the Republicans to reduce the massive debt inherited from the Bush administration by cutting the military budget by 25% each of the next 2 years as we unwind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, the President should aggressively promote financial reforms to really regulate wall street, put a cap on incomes of all wall street workers of 1 Million dollars each year, reinstall glass-seagal to prevent banks with FDIC from gambling with deposits, restrict FDIC banks to 10% cap on interest rates and regulate all fees! Finally, challenge the Republicans to get their corporate sponsors to either crankup employment or support a massive public works effort by the Federal government to rebuild crumbling infrastructure and build new infrastructure for the needs of the 21st century.

Posted by: CHAOTICIAN101 | November 3, 2010 3:47 PM
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The problem is to determine what that reality is. The Republicans are proposing nonsense which will make matters immeasurably worse. They're only coming into a majority because the Democrats didn't vote. The majority of the American people, not the majority of voting America, disagrees with the Republicans. Should Obama acquiesce in Republican schemes which he knows will do horrible damage to our country?

Posted by: ejs2 | November 2, 2010 7:41 PM
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