Our president of change and hope missed an opportunity with his State of the Union address. Again, he went down the road of shedding responsibility and challenging the opposition to accept his views.
Imagine the president taking another approach. After accepting his introduction by the Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama could have turned to Boehner and given a uniting message. He could have said, "John, you and I have both led this nation down a path of extreme harm due to our unwillingness to compromise. I want to apologize for my part of this situation, and I call on you to join me in rectifying this situation. I want to meet with you and -- together -- I want to develop some uniting compromises. I will push my side of the aisle to accept these compromises, and I expect you to do the same. John, will you join me in this mission?" That would be the end of the State of Union address -- with unending applause.
In the private company world, this approach is done on a regular basis. You say things and do things which are clearly wrong. You recognize your faults and other's faults, then apologize to one another, and move on to the next challenge.
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