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Posted September 21, 2012
The government sucks. Bad. During my journalism days, I was a po
The government sucks. Bad. During my journalism days, I was a political junkie. My life revolved around politics. Now that I am no longer writing political pieces, I have taken huge steps back. I read CNN every night before bed and that's it. I keep my head clear of it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But, even though I am not as immersed in it as I was before, I can see (as I am sure most everyone else can) that the government is severely broken and in dire need of repair. Author Geoff Smart presents a way to fix it in the nonfiction LEADOCRACY. He stresses it's not the "what" that is wrong, but the "who."
Now, this is not about political parties. This is not a Republican saying the Democrats need to be booted and vice versa. And thank goodness! There is only so much more of the political party bickering that I can take. This is an honest, neutral assessment of the problem and a possible solution to it.
First and foremost -- getting good leaders. And not the leaders that major in political science. Smart is talking about leaders in business. The ones that have built and maintained a successful business. Makes sense to me. After all, the government is essentially a business.
I love the way this book is presented and written. It is very straightforward and simple. Smart gets to the point and he uses examples and facts to back up his points. You do not need a political science degree to understand it. You do need to have some interest in politics, though. Otherwise, this book is really not for you.
Actually, the book might be written too simply. It might be the idea that is presented more than the way it is written that has captured my attention. If more people would read this book and take these points to heart, I think actual change would occur. I'm not just talking about voting power. I'm talking about the people who are excellent leaders who recognize that they can be part of the solution. Until those people become interested in public service, the voting public will have to contend with not-so-great leaders as their political candidates.
All in all, 4 out of 5 stars.
Posted September 19, 2012
Common Sense and Very Informative
I try to keep politics aside from my book reviews, well, at least on my blog. Not necessarily politics in general, but party affiliation, and who I plan to vote for, etc.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was surprised to receive a book that actually just made perfect sense, and didn't swing to either side whatsoever. I wish more people could think like this and could read between the lines. It irks me so much, what is going on in this country and I can't believe the news each day, and I certainly can't believe what in the world is going on.
I quite frankly am sick of voting for the lesser of 2 evils, and would love nothing more then to have regular Americans, running for office. But, of course, who wants to do that??
I appreciated the writing in this book, mainly the fact that it wasn't swayed, and it sure wasn't a rant of any kind, it was actually rather positive. (Which is hard to be these days) But, the author gives some hope. Especially with his morals and his well laid out ideas, plans, and information. It really isn't that hard to figure out, although so many seem to have lost a few brain cells over the years, I sit here some days with my mouth hanging open trying to figure out, why??? How?? HUH??
It is easier then some think, and I only hope this book makes it in the hands of many hopefuls like the author, and myself. I would love to see more citizens running for office, I don't care how small the positions, as long as it is something! We all want to complain, and carry on, but yet nobody wants to actually get up and do something about the mess. Many of us have the brains and the ideas, and the experience, so what is holding everybody back?
If only Government, and society would read this book, and see how simple this fix really is, and actually how we can use this to our advantage, this country and many others, could be a better place!
I have to say, I am personally involved in politics, I am a mom, and a bartender, but I am pretty current, a daily listener, watcher, reader, researcher, and I have read many books about politics and how a Government should and can and never will, govern. Most of those books end up being partial to one side, and that really turns me off. Why can't we all just be happy and civil and brainstorm together?? If you agree with these thoughts, Leadocracy, is the prime choice for you!
** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **
Posted July 14, 2012
Geoff Smart correctly identifies the problem we face as a countr
Geoff Smart correctly identifies the problem we face as a country, I believe: not enough great leaders in the public sector, particularly at the highest levels. Whether you agree with him that the private sector is a good training ground for leaders (just the best ones) or not, I don't think that most people would disagree that we need better people stepping up and that we as voters need to do a better job of not being swayed by one-issue candidates, by fear mongers, by people who can give a good speech but can't lead their way out of a bag. And he offers some great tools to help us do so.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2012
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This book is boring and a waste! Read Magnetizing: a different w
This book is boring and a waste! Read Magnetizing: a different world way better.
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