President Barack Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The last few weeks there have been many articles written on why new legislation on guns did not get passed. Now we are going to watch the Senate attempt to pass new legislation on immigration.
Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. They are people with a wealth of ideas or sometimes one brilliant idea that starts out as a thought that eventually evolves into a company, product, non-profit, etc. Sometimes no matter how great the idea is the concept fails. It is not the idea that failed but the execution. Many times someone else might end up taking that concept and because they are better at execution making it work. There are so many mountains to climb and successes to achieve at many stages of a company. It isn't all about the idea.
I do believe success has a better chance with leaders of a vision that can get down in the weeds with each top manager in their company to nurture, challenge and motivate them to execute on the vision. That energy and leadership bleeds into an organization from top down. Each company has its own culture and vibe and that comes from the top. Certainly a leader also has to take time to think out of the weeds in order to see the big picture or otherwise you end up with weeds.
I have been a Democrat since I was born. When I think of Obama as an entrepreneur this is what I see. He is great at marketing the vision to the masses but he isn't very good at marketing his vision to his company. That company is the Senate and Congress. When companies grow and the entrepreneur who originally founded the idea isn't able to move up another mountain many times the board brings in another candidate who might be better suited to run the company at the stage that it is at. I believe it is important to keep that entrepreneur engaged because they see the big picture. In our Government the founding fathers were the entrepreneurs who wrote the constitution that set up the foundation of our country. They are obviously not running the country anymore but many CEO's (aka Presidents) have come in to run this organization for 4 and sometimes 8 year runs. The board is essentially the voting public. It is up each President to move the company forward based on the original principles set forth. Some do a better job than others.
I do believe in Obamas vision for change. The changes in the private sector are so way ahead of our government that it is creating problems. We can begin with education. 20 years ago we should have started STEM curriculum in all junior high schools as the supply of jobs is exceeding the demand because there are not enough kids graduating with the skills for the jobs available. That is causing the price of these jobs to go way up. Obama has set forth a vision that he is simply not executing on. I am pretty sure our forefathers were happy for everyone to have a musket because there wasn't huge law enforcement and the country was very spread out but if George Washington came back today to see the arsenal of guns including the automatic shotguns with magazines that can fire off 150 rounds in seconds I bet he would be aghast.
It is not pretty how our Government works and perhaps that is why Obama isn't getting down in the weeds with our Senators. Yet this company has been at it for a long time and I am not so sure that preaching to the people who agree with what he says is how to get bills passed. When you come into a company as the President you have to understand how a company works to get things done. It is the same in Government. Obama has been at it for more than four years and I would hope that he would figure it out sooner than later that he has to work in the system as ugly as it is to get his vision executed on or we will all end up no better off than we were when he took the job.