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Alaina Love
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Alaina Love

Alaina Love is co-author, with Marc Cugnon, of The Purpose Linked Organization and co-founder of Purpose Linked Consulting.

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Question: From a leadership perspective--moving the country and the political process away from division and gridlock and toward consensus, confidence and action--how would you grade President Obama's State of the Union speech?

I give the speech an A- for the following reasons:

1. It represented a great message of unity as one America.

2. The speech called for strength and ownership of the challenges ahead.

3. The speech promoted an understanding of the stark reality we're facing and demanded of us a willingness to sacrifice to make strides forward.

4. It gave the American people a perspective on the broad and complex range of issues we are facing as a nation. It highlighted the need for both sides of the aisle to lay down their swords and work collaboratively to create a thriving America.

If we can move from rhetoric to action, we'll be making a great first step.

By Alaina Love

 |  January 25, 2011; 11:14 PM ET
Category:  Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Obama has been criticized by others for not being specific enough in his speech about what will change. When he is very specific, he's accused of being too cerebral. Yet, I see him as having done a great job outlining all that we're up against and letting both sides know that it's time for civility in politics and a commitment to work together. Now, if everyone will take heed, we might see more get accomplished in coming months.

Posted by: MartinG1 | January 26, 2011 4:51 PM
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