If your business was struggling with a budget issue, would it make sense for your president, executive officers and management team to appear on the morning news shows and travel to distant branches for news conferences in order to tell your employees and investors that things are bad? Or would it make more sense if they actually did the work they get paid for and found ways to make the company more competitive, efficient and profitable?
A Government shut down is not needed. Wise leaders are needed. Cut from the budget unnecessary costs. For example, the $179,750 per hour for Airforce One (not counting the security detail costs) every time the President travels to a P.R. event to promote another initiative or a fund raiser. Another example, the costs associated with keeping the Capitol open for 21 hours while a senator quotes Dr. Seuss and Darth Vader. It's time for leaders to lead and to stop campaigning.
Now take careful note, I am providing an "equal opportunity" poke at both parties. I've been in DC plenty of times to observe party leaders on both sides of the aisle staging press conferences to campaign their views and not working at the same table to discuss solutions. The strong debate of issues has always been a part of our history. But at least our forefathers took their responsibilities to heart and didn't leave the chamber until they reached an agreement (i.e. a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution.)
Business leaders know that hammering out solutions is hard work, and that is exactly what others expect of them. The process isn't always glamorous or pleasant. It takes courage, collaboration and compromise to move things forward. I think it's about time for a return to the work ethic of our founding fathers.
What do you think?
- Steven Iwersen