Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/01/11
August 1, 2011—Issue #98
This week’s focus point: As this appears, the U.S. faces defaulting on its debts and a downgrading of its credit unless legislators and the President can act collaboratively in the next 24 hours. How do affairs arrive at such dire junctures? It may just be because we have politicians, but not statesmen; celebrities, but not exemplars; athletes, but not sportsmen and women; lawyers but not jurists; pop idols but not talent; executives but not leaders. Compromise, collaboration, and consensus require (ironically) strength and empathy, not weakness and antipathy; the selfless, not the selfish. We need to be willing and able to stand out in a crowd and say, “This way!” without demanding it be only our way.
Monday Morning Perspective: Someone who redoubles his efforts when he’s forgotten his aim. — Philosopher George Santayana defining a fanatic
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