We're in the early days of 2012.
And 2012 is an even-numbered year, evenly divided by 4 and with a leap day, February 29, too. Add all that up and we're in campaign season now. Wherever we live, work and play those campaigns are coming to our hometown or radio or tv or website or podcast or favorite social media tool.
We in Iowa just survived the Iowa Circus Caucus.
Like a moth to a flame I am drawn to politics, well political news. A political junkie, maybe.
But I'm recovering. Now I'm in a love hate relationship. I love the stories. They amaze me...On the other hand, they've become so amazing, on a bi-partisan basis, that I hate 'em.
That drove me to wonder:
- Where were the solutions?
- Was anyone talking about the solutions?
- Was anyone in the media pressing candidates and office holders for solutions as opposed to pressing them on their political posturing?
The answers to those questions in order are:
- No one
Rather than be victimized by that group and its conversations and my flame-loving personality for that group and its conversations....I started to look for solutions.
Outside of politics. Crazy, I know.
Then I thought well, why don't I ask experts what their solutions are for the challenges we face as a country. You see, I interviewed business experts on my radio show. You can listen to these conversations here, read the transcripts of those conversations there.
One show, I finally asked an expert something to the effect of
Let's imagine President Obama invites you to the White House. He's heard our conversation, read your book and wants to learn more. What are three things you could tell him to fix x or solve y or improve z.
Asking that question is tricky, sadly. Asking business experts to share their ideas on how to fix national problems.
Each guest ventured forth with their ideas and perspectives. All were great. But with each one I noticed a hesitancy, a nervousness. That's sad, I understand it.
But it's discouraging to hear anyone be reluctant to share their ideas on how to make our country better. We have betrayed our selves and our families and neighbors when we delegate that conversation to professional politicians of any stripe. We relegate ourselves to being victims when we refuse to volunteer any ideas or engage in conversation on how to solve our nation's challenges.
Sure, these conversations can get...uncomfortable. But that's because we're so out of practice. The result is, that for our convenience....those conversations to discover and refine solutions, solutions that can unite us in moving forward, have been co-opted by those whose voices are loudest, whose reactions are the most abrasive or abusive, and whose solutions represent their quest for a public forum, a stage, a base of power or a money from speaking or being a media personality.
Back to the point. Below is a list of those experts where I asked the above question and where they shared their thoughts. The link takes you to my post where I transcribed just this question and their answers. And with each such post is a link to the radio show and the complete transcripts of our conversation.
Check them out. See if these solutions make sense. So far, they all did for me. Think about your own solutions. Talk about them with others. Listen to theirs. Share your thoughts here or there or somewhere. See if a year from now we all have better skills to discuss and debate ideas from the basis of seeking a solution for our shared challenges.
Julie Steelman, author of The Effortless Yes! Demystify the selling process and discover: Your selling archetype,your natural asking style and your bankability