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My last post on voting a seasoned business leader into the White House must have touched a nerve, because I’ve never gotten more responses! I continue to get comments and opinions every day. Thanks for the feedback. It spurred me to keep going…

A few people commented that a businessperson wouldn’t do well leading in our current political system. We simply can’t keep doing things the same way. The existing state of our government lacks bold ideas, or worse, has a way of watering down innovation until the idea is rendered ineffective. I’m not saying that the CEO of a public company should go straight to the White House, but I do think business leaders should gain experience as a governor first.

Running a state government is a lot like managing a large company and can be just as political. You must be able to listen to constituents/customers, negotiate tough issues, develop a good team, build consensus and tackle the boardroom. If you can be a successful CEO and governor, I think you might have a shot at being a good president…

I saw a comment or two that a business leader as president would only think on a quarterly basis. Tell me Steve Jobs and Herb Kelleher didn't have vision. They focused on long-term results…

Someone mentioned that a business leader would do away with social programs. I don’t buy that. Look at the philanthropy behind Warren Buffett and Bill Gates…

Rick Doss made an excellent point that our founding fathers, Jefferson, Madison and Adams, were fantastic politicians and were willing to use their business acumen to build a new government. I don’t think the presidency – or any other public office – should be limited to career politicians. I think we should encourage business leaders to run for office, like former CEO of Godfathers Pizza, Herman Cain, who threw his hat into the ring for the 2012 election. Whether or not he makes it to the Republican presidential nomination, or you agree with his stance, he will likely bring some fresh dialogue to the table…

I’ve had several conversations over the last couple of weeks about this very topic. Democrat, Republican, Independent or Tea Party, I think we can all agree that we want to see change. While most of us don’t want to run for a public office, we can at least get involved at the local level and help by providing our business knowledge to the process of making our communities better.

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