Watching the current Health Care reform Initiative we can learn valuable lessons for all leaders throughout the world if we just take time to pay attention. I think it was Einstein who said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Over my next 12 posts I will share lessons we can learn by watching the 2009 Health Care Reform launch.
I was sitting in the Austin airport after participating in PCamp Austin (something else I need to blog about as it was the future of executive education and I was blessed to have lived it) killing time watching CNN as I waited on my flight. The reporter was discussing how President Obama was “repositioning” (re-launching) the 2009 Health Care Reform initiative given the poor overall acceptability by the American Public.
As I watched the clips of our President rolling up his sleeves in a town hall meeting (as I would have coached him to do as well) it struck me how we have an incredible living lesson for all leaders to observe and learn from. Some of the best life lessons are those that have an emotional element and the strongest emotion is pain. Studies were conducted where college students were asked to study and their arm was placed in a tub of ice and water and they were asked to keep their arm in this until they could no longer stand the pain. The other group just studied and had no pain. The group that experienced pain significantly remembered more than the group who just studied.
It does not surprise me as we are living this lesson and we see the anger and pain in the faces of those at town halls. There is nothing more painful than to feel you have a voice and your voice is not heard as I discussed in my post: How do Buyer’s Feel, when Salespeople fail to Listen? Shelia Jackson Lee helps us all understand… « No Smoke and Mirrors to Listen? Shelia Jackson Lee helps us all understand….
What can all leaders learn about designing and launching new products and services by watching the 2009 US Health Care Imitative?
Over my next 12 posts I will be sharing lessons, some painful, to help us learn.
I want to say early on this is not about Republicans versus Democrats as I discussed in my post about how teams must tear down silos as they are only good for shooting missiles. The United States is the World leader. We can get better but we must never forget we are all “Americans” first, and then we have our segmented communities and groups.
None of us are as smart as all of us.
Together as one team we can solve any issue when we drop our self serving objectives and seek first to understand, and then focus on the problem(s)
What the following posts will be about is specific lessons for us to observe and make our own so we do not repeat them in the organizations we serve.
What lessons do you see?
Have you learned lessons you will never forget because there was some discomfort and or pain?
Do you believe we are one team; Americans first?
What silos do you see and why do you think they exist today? How do we tear them down?
How can we all be a part of the solution?.as leaders that is always our mission.