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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 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.