Sometimes politics meets management in a way that for example Tom Peters would appreciate. On his just concluded trip Obama could to meet the movers and shakers of European politics. The very same ones, such as President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkell, would seemed not be around when McCain came calling. Obama also meet Brown in London, who if the recent Glasgow by-election, which was won by SNP, is a bellwether, is gone. His meeting with Conservative Leader, David Campbell, included a significant snippet caught by the ubiquitous open mike.
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Obama: Right. In 15-minute increments …
Cameron: We call it the dentist’s waiting room. You have to scrap that … you’ve got to have time.
Obama: And … well you start making mistakes, or you lose the big picture, or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel …
Cameron: Your feeling. And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgement you bring to make decisions.
As I recall on a recent post Tom Peters was recommending managers to set aside more unstructured time.
The New York Times picked up on the same recording. I have to say, not withstanding what I regard as misguided waffle of some of his recent rhetoric and political positioning, I am taken with Obama’s off hand comment which they reported:
That’s exactly right. And the truth is that we’ve got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know 10 times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante, but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.
The difference with the incumbent, given the inevitable turmoil of the campaign, may be enough for Obama to be elected. He listens and recognizes the knowledge of others.