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Academics v. Wisdom v. Action: Lessons Never Learned by Barack Obama

By William Pauwels

June 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Don't be fooled by our schoolboy society and media. They put primary emphasis on education and academically related activities as the secret of success in all ventures.

Of course, there is a certain amount of truth in their perspective – but nothing replaces appropriate action in the achievement of personal and business success. Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people don't like to do.

Do it now. Do it smart.

Use the what, when, where, who, how, and why formula all day long and you will be a super performer in any enterprise. Better yet, use the “what-why, when-why, where-why, who-why, and how-why” process to govern all of your activities. It will enhance your thinking and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful effort.

Learn as you go – by asking performers their secrets of success. Emulate the best. Everyone knows something that you don't know – that would be useful to know.

Take Barack Obama as an example of one who doesn't seem to be following this approach: Is he staffing his administration with America’s finest talent?

His critics say he is not – that his appointments are political “yes-men” and “yes-women”, who are puppets.

The recent appointment of Ambassador Susan Rice is a prime example. She went forward with the administration's talking points re Benghazi when she knew, or should have known, they were false. Clearly that’s not the kind of talent, integrity and courage that the president of the United States should be associating with.

Academic accomplishment is not always the proper prerequisite for an executive’s staff.

With all due respect, perhaps Barack Obama should read the chapter on recruiting in Rumsfeld’s Rules, for some sage advice on how to build a great organization: “A’s hire A’s . . . B’s hire C’s.” -- Rumsfeld’s Rules

Never forget… in God we must trust – but we must always do our part!