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Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Politics | 4 comments

To find a good president, start by finding a good listener

Cartoonist Scott Adams of Dilbert fame, raised a ruckus three days ago when he posted this on Twitter:

On first blush, someone reading that might think that Adams supports Donald Trump for president. Trump has no experience in either elected or appointed political office.

In fact though, Adams supports Hillary Clinton for president. He was simply making a point. He believes that political experience is unnecessary to be president.

As a pastor, I don’t give my personal political preferences. But I am a student of history, particularly of presidential history. I also study leadership. I’ve spent more than thirty years as a pastor, a servant leader in and from the Church. I’ve also spent countless hours over the years picking the brains of leaders, trying to learn all I could on the subject.

And here’s what I think about Adams’ thesis: He’s right. “Experience,” at least as we commonly think of it–as political experience, is irrelevant in a president.

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  • KP

    Scott Adams is a fine example of somebody who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. Angela Merkel another.

    Lets take logistics as an example. Military career professionals (say J-5) talk about logistics. Amateurs are full of ideas. Sometimes good ideas but lacking experience in politics and logistics.

    For example, Merkel took in one million people without German language skills, work opportunity. It’s not that Germany couldn’t have (or might) make it work. Rather, she made moves without logistical skill.

    It will be interesting to see Merkel’s fate.

    • JSpencer

      “Scott Adams is a fine example of somebody who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.”

      You should have stopped there. ; )

      • KP

        I hope I live long enough to know more 😉

  • Slamfu

    I’m with Mr. Adams on that. I run a company that requires a special skill and license to perform. I do not have said skill or license. I hire those who do. I don’t do that actual work, but one of the things I do do is handle customers who are upset once it gets to a certain point. Sometimes they find out that I don’t have said license and are always shocked, and ask me how in the world can I run a company like mine without ever having done the work. I tell them doing a thing and running an organization that does that thing are two totally different skill sets, otherwise Michael Jordan would have been the greatest NBA owner of all time.

    Thing is though, successful management and running a business often has little to do with a specific technical skill and a lot more to do with the ability to see the whole picture. I tell them my job is to make sure the lights stay on, the phones ring, the paychecks don’t bounce, everyone know where they need to be, what they need to do, and have the tools to do it. That is universal. I’ve started and run 2 companies prior to mine for other people. Then just to make sure I knew what I was doing I started mine. I will be starting two more businesses soon that have nothing to do with the previous ones. The same skill set will apply.

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