Over the last few days, a few things have been taken out of context, and it’s time to give the media, the candidates and the voters a wake up call, and here it is:
1. To the media and the candidates: If you claim to be fair, why do you report things out of context? Yesterday, Governor Mitt Romney delivered a speech about “firing people or companies who don’t provide great service”. He was discussing the state of affairs with health insurance companies and that as consumers, we should have the right to “fire” an insurance company that is not providing us what we need and hire a new insurance company who can provide the services we seek” (paraphrase). But, as always, Romney’s opponents and the media simply clipped out the section when Romney said “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” and then started flying down the tracks with that statement in their hands claiming that during one of the worst economic eras since the great depression, Romney wants to fire people. If that is what you are going to listen to and buy into, then don’t vote. I am 100% for voting, unless you are a voter who does not take the time to get the full story. Just watch this video of Romney speaking yesterday and pay close attention to how the phrase was actually used:
While he may now regret his phrasing…he is absolutely right! If you have an employee, vendor or board member who is not doing his or her job and are hurting your business or life, then they should be asked to move on and find other work or other customers. Every day I work with leaders in the business and non-profit sector who KNOW they have a bad apple on their team or a vendor who is slack, but they are soooooo afraid to fire anyone. Maybe we need someone with the guts to say “Hey…you are not doing your job for the American people. Move on!”
I am not writing this to back Mitt Romney. I am writing it, because as a leadership coach, I cannot take things out of context and then use them, and as a leader, you cannot take things out of context or take a thin slice of a full statement and then slam a person with it. So, I urge you to look at the full picture.
2. To the media, candidates and the American people: Stop calling our visionary leaders crazy, cranks and odd. That is just again not fair. Dr. Ron Paul has been called crazy, a crank and odd. In 2002, he was really called crazy when he delivered this speech to congress in 2012:
So, was he crazy? I don’t think so. This speech is very sobering indeed.
Walt Disney was called crazy, and look at the joy and happiness his “craziness” has brought into our lives. Steve Jobs was called “crazy” when he introduced the iPod, and our world has been forever changed because of his vision. Dr. Paul has been trying to warn Congress and the American people since the late 1990s that we were headed for some big trouble on both foreign and domestic fronts, but everyone just said “Oh…crazy Ron…there he goes again, saying that we are going to pour money into the Gaza and Afghanastan and that we are headed for an economic meltdown.” Paul was not crazy…he was right. He is a smart man who closely follows and studies foreign relations and economics, and he understands that history repeats itself, moves in repeating patterns and cycles around and around the same issues: money, religion and resources. He has always been looking into the future, and some people just don’t have the vision to be able to really see down the road. So, the only response is “Well…that person is crazy”…that again is just not fair, and it is not accurate. It is hurtful.
So, I encourage you today to embrace our visionary leaders and to seek the truth…not just a sliver of truth but the full truth. If you listen to the media and to the bits and pieces being slung around like wet mud enough, you will never get the full story. Do your own research, get the facts straight and become fully informed before heading to the polls in November.