Obama's three first steps
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?
More important than speed is thoughtfulness. President Obama should take time to study the results of the election, plus any associated polling and background interviews and information. Thereafter he should do three things:
1) Indicate the major messages that he has discerned from the returns;
2) indicate what he will do differently as a result of hearing these messages (and what he won't change and why);
3) put together a team of advisers with special expertise in addressing those concerns (e.g. if the absence of business knowledge in the inner circle is a concern to the electorate, he should appoint a few key individuals from the business sector).
Should he follow a course like this, both he and the country should be better off.
November 1, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
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