Greetings. It's mid-term election day in the U.S. and a chance for citizens to give their feedback to elected leaders. It's kind of like getting a performance appraisal every two years for a host of things that are and aren't totally within your control. This includes a wide range of seemingly intractable challenges that require real leadership, innovation, collaboration, curiosity, open-mindedness, and even a bit of genius to resolve. Skills that are in less than abundant supply judging by the behavior of most members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. But, then again, nobody's forced to be a politician. Though the picture below did give me reason to pause and question the central premise supporting this blog and all of my work to help companies and organizations to unlock the brilliance in all of their people.
If you're a regular reader of the Surrounded by Geniuses blog you know that I believe everyone has the potential to be a genius. But our current state of political discourse makes me wonder if this notion needs to be amended.
In a very basic sense, politics should be all about customer service and delivering compelling value in meeting the vital needs of constituents, the nation as a whole, and the world we must figure out how to share. And, it should be about acting responsibly in using limited resources to address these needs in new and better ways. Because politics as usual isn't helping us at all. And the folks who sign up for the job–and the egos and special interests that drive them–rarely have this purpose in mind. In a place that should be all about servant leadership, it's striking that we find so few thoughtful leaders.
Cheers and please make sure to vote!