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Ronald Heifetz

Ronald Heifetz

Ronald Heifetz, the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership, is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and a Principal at Cambridge Leadership Associates.


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 would give the speech an A for coherence. Unlike the initiatives of the first two years that seemed unconnected by a larger theme, President Obama provided a coherent vision tonight that held together the major policy themes of education, energy innovation and infrastructure--a competitive, entrepreneurial, innovative people daring to dream. America is back. The Chilean story toward the end provided the unifying narrative--a small town guy running a small company in Pennsylvania, leading the rescue without waiting for any coach to call him into play. Plan B. Leadership without authority. Everyday leadership. American possibility.

By Ronald Heifetz

 |  January 25, 2011; 11:43 PM ET
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Obama’s SOTU scores at eighth grade reading level:

According to Smart Politics’ analysis, President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech received the second lowest Flesch-Kincaid SOTU grade level score since FDR.

A Smart Politics analysis of 69 orally delivered State of the Union Addresses since the mid-1930s finds the text of Obama's speech to have notched the second lowest score on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test recorded by a U.S. President.

He's Sooooo Smart...

LOL !!!

Posted by: ChangeWhat | January 27, 2011 2:49 PM
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More spending on "green" projects? Stop the scam now we can not afford Obama selling us out to GE any more! "What failed at Copenhagen was not just the summit. A notion of establishing the UN as a sort of world government through the use of climate politics — has also failed."
(Die Welt -German news paper -Referring to EU President Speech )
No Thanks.
Carbon racket is a tool for one worlders , that want to see planet under one rule and have latched to this carbon BS because it allows them into everything in every country, EU president even admits this .
Climate always changes get used to it, AGWscamers cannot stop any change they will just run with your money.
Since the icecaps on Mars are melting, who should we blame for it on Mars? Hint: Mars does not have SUVs..or coal power plants
AGW fraud is just that a fraud. More importantly I will not waste my money toward any effort to prevent climate change. I would use it to adapt to any change that may occur, if it occurs and when it occurs . So no money from me toward aiding and abetting carbon racketeering also known as cap n trade.
I advocate we look at RICO type laws (Anti-Organized crime) to go after the Democratic Carbon racketeers. US scientist "Hal Lewis resigned from his post at the University of California at Santa Barbara". He admitted global warming climate change was nothing but a scam in his resignation letter. "It's just another attempt of the left to grab power in any fashion that they can."

Posted by: Loxinabox | January 27, 2011 9:03 AM
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"Mass invasion," "infestation" . . . It's obvious that you're not a proponent of immigration, but your facts are skewed at best. California and Arizona have undoubtedly been signficantly impacted by larger populations of undocumented immigrants, but research overall has proven that immigrants have a positive impact on wages for U.S. workers. The presence of these "invaders" in the job market is creating a need for other advanced positions/jobs for skilled professionals who can help sustain the work being done (e.g., engineers, managers, accountants). Now you don't exactly strike me as a "skilled professional" ,however, if you and others spend more time emphasizing education on a higher level, Americans would be in a much better position to navigate an ever changing job market. Our children and young people aren't learning the skills that they need to be sustainable, we have to start there! BTW where are your people from? Maybe you should consider moving back . . .

Posted by: kd2011 | January 26, 2011 11:42 AM
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I felt that this speech was the weakest one I have ever heard him deliver. Was really disappointed.

Posted by: mbrumble | January 26, 2011 8:12 AM
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Not much was said in the open sequence of President Obama's State of the Union speech, relating to the mass invasion of illegal invaders. He described the crash of the Dream Act not being enacted, but nothing about the undercurrent of who pays for it, or immigration law allowing millions of more family members entering under the Chain Migration sponsorship. My attitude on illegal immigration doesn't really matter as a blogger, however my deep rooted investigation of the truth does? There are hundreds of authentic reports on the Internet with a reality view of Congressional spending that includes States. Politicians like Sen. Harry Reid are the main cause of this nation’s demise through catering to the occupation of foreign intruders and stifling the use of a mandatory E-Verify employee verification program. These reports and articles come from not only Liberal sources, but the commercial and government archives. The American people complain all the time about the porous border, the Dream Act, Amnesty, Sanctuary cities and the mass emergence that are straining our welfare system for the instant citizenship of babies of illegal parents. Sanctuary states like California are truly in a terrible way, because the Sacramento Lib-Democrats have done nothing to stop welfare fraud and financial support of illegal immigrants.

In the past two years, as unemployment remained near 10 percent, more than 1 million immigrants, of whom 35 percent were undocumented or illegal, have gotten work in this country. The story is that in the past two years, U.S. business owners have chosen to go for discount immigrant help, while the economy as a hole has shed millions of jobs for U.S. workers. California has a 26 billion dollar drain in this once flourishing state, caused by the malfunction of ICE and homeland Security to remove the infestation of illegal families. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that the cost of illegal immigration to the states stands at about $113 billion, with nearly half that amount going to education costs. It’s easily explained as one illegal worker slips past the border patrol, rents a home and then the whole family comes over the border. Then there is the problem with entry via a tourist or student visa, but with no intentions to return to their nation of birth.

Posted by: infinity555 | January 26, 2011 12:59 AM
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