Business has generally been an either/or proposition. You’re either the boss or a worker, an owner or an employee. You’re either at work or in your life. You either have fear or you’re a strong leader. You either manage through intimidation, or are afraid of your own authority and end up being too distant or too nice. Is the answer systematization or having great people? Do I focus on maximizing profit or building a great culture? And on and on.
I’m in the market for a President.
My country is in need of some repair, some short term solutions tied to a long term vision that makes sense, and I’m looking for a leader who can deliver. It happened to be that two Presidential Merchants were on stage together last week, so I tuned in to hear their pitch. At the end of the night, I found myself in the same position most shoppers find themselves in. I wanted to buy something — I mean I really need a President — but I decided to wait. I heard two salesman arguing about features and prices and neither of them answered the real question I had. Why should I buy from you? I walked away depressed.