Thursday, November 20, 2008

Obamessiah Suck-Up of the Day

From Bill George in Business Week:
The sweeping victory of Barack Obama ushers in a new era of leadership that will affect every aspect of American institutions and that sounds a death knell for the top-down, power-oriented leadership prevalent in the 20th century.

A new style of "bottom-up, empowering" leadership focusing on collaboration will sweep the country. A new wave of 21st century authentic leaders will take oversee U.S. institutions of every type: business, education, health care, religion, and nonprofits. These new leaders recognize that an organization of empowered leaders at every level will outperform "command-and-control" organizations every time.

The 20th century leaders focused on money, fame, and power, earning the title of the "me" generation. Their leadership destroyed many great institutions, as evidenced by the failures of Enron, WorldCom, and dozens of companies like them. The recent fiascos on Wall Street can be traced to the failure of "me" leaders who put themselves ahead of their institutions.
Obama--is there anything he can't do?

(Confederate Yankee)

7 comments:

OBloodyHell said...

> The recent fiascos on Wall Street can be traced to the failure of "me" leaders who put themselves ahead of their institutions.

Oh, you mean like Jamie Gorelick, Frank Raines, and Barney Frank?

Well, glad to know you agree with the sensible people. Can we have some indictments now?

Clay said...

Well, I guess we'll find out in about 60 days. I think we both know the answer to that question. I am guessing the shine disappears quickly.

Geoffrey Britain said...

Yes Clay, and the greater the expectations the deeper the disappointment.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

We can certainly hope it's true. It would be interesting to know what Bill George's evidence is...

MaxedOutMama said...

Good Lord! That column reads like a compendium of the worst type of business seminars. Shudder. "Empowered"?

MaxedOutMama said...

Uhhhhhhh. Reading his brief bio, I find the author is a "professor of management practice at Harvard Business School". 'Nuff said. Couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

Carl said...

Shame on many of you for insisting on evidence or an impressive resume when proclaiming what is a religious experience.