Bloomberg has a fabulous article out about Obama’s travails at “Crisis Management.” As an executive known for her execution skills, Lady In Red would like to give Pres. Obama some much-too-late advice on dealing with the unexpected:
1. People rarely make decisions NOT based on emotion. Obama often fails to acknowledge and work around this. People need narratives to survive.
2. Time and study are luxuries you cannot afford in a crisis, no matter how rich you are or how much help you have. That’s why you went to school before beginning your career. Now you are a professional, and your mind should be a minuteman sleeping with his boots on. You should have a solid idea of your values already, and how you will prioritize and act when those values inevitably collide. Summits and workgroups during a public health pandemic of fear? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
4. Fake it til you make it–it being attitude. Leaders set the tone. Act how you want other people to act, even if you personally don’t feel up to it. You are doing yourself a favor down the line. Everything you do and say publicly can and should serve a purpose and be moving people toward your goal, and that endgame will feel better than any minor annoyance you feel now.
What recommendations do you have for Obama as we enter the home stretch of his presidency?