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Jan032009

Obama and Leadership

In the December 29 issue of TIME magazine,  there are articles about President elect Barrack Obama.  Here are three comments he made that gave me food for thought:

  1. "I think I have a good nose for talent, so I hire really good people"

  2. "I've got a pretty healthy ego, so I'm not scared of hiring the smartest people, even when they're smarter than me"

  3. "I have a low tolerence of nonsense and turf battles and game-playing and I send that message very clearly. And so over time, I think people start trusting each other and they stay focused on mission as opposed to personal ambition or grievance"

 I see:

  • The essentiality of genuine humiity as opposed to hubris

  • The essentiality of picking good people to be on my team

  • The essentiality of keeping the team focused on mission

  • The essentiality of building a culture of trust in the team and organization

I would love to hear your thoughts as you read these observations!

 

 

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