Earlier today I received an e-mail from Geoff Smart, Chairman and CEO of ghSMART & Company. Geoff’s firm is a renowned management assessment firm for CEO’s and investors. His wonderful book Who is a classic on hiring ‘A’ players—it became a NY Times best seller.
Geoff was writing to announce his new book Leadocracy. It was a pleasant surprise. The book was written, in part, because of Geoff’s hope (in some small way) of ‘fixing’ our broken government.
I couldn’t help but think back to my own book The Power of Professionalism (which Geoff happened to have endorsed) which had as a sub-plot getting our country back on track. In other words, Geoff and I shared a similar concern about the health of the country and had dedicated significant aspects of an otherwise traditional business book to the nation’s health.
Yes folks, the United States has some serious issues—and they’re pretty sobering. On the verge of July 4th, my hopes are still high for the nation.
The answer, in part, is to expect elected officials to be professionals who happen to be politicians, not professional politicians.
Happy 4th everyone!