I "Listened" to the GOP Debate Last Night.

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Early on in life, I realized that listening with less talking was going to be the key to my success. During those early years it wasn’t hard to understand that listening was a skill that most Americans have a hard time of defining and an even harder time of accomplishing. Listening is defined by Webster as the ability “to hear something with thoughtful attention: give consideration <listen to a plea>” and accomplishing the ability to listen may unattainable by most, keep practicing.

What did you hear last night?

Newt Gingrich
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I heard a lot of stuff, basically the same stuff politicians have been talking about for years -- but I heard one word a few times with some strong sense of ownership. That word was "leadership" -- leadership is defined as “a process where by an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, 2007).

So get ready: The 2012 election season will filled with the word "leadership" by both the Republicans and Democrats at every level. The problem will be that most Americans will not relate leadership abilities to results, and politicians know that. Politicians will run on their leadership abilities, and very few of them will be able to give you an example of a successful outcome.

Leadership is all about creating results. I’ve never had anyone want to follow me because I was good looking (I’m not), overly smart (I’m not) or a nice person (sometimes). People follow leaders who create results, because they themselves want to be part of the results -- except in the world of politics.

The question: Why do we follow politicians if they don’t create results? The political world affects women’s everyday life from the time we get up to the time we put the kids to bed, decide we’ve created enough results for the day, and go to bed.

The next debate, political speech and/or political commercial, close your eyes and just listen.

Ask yourself: What did I just hear?


If you heard the word “I” used more than twice, run the other way.

If you heard the phrase “They did it, I’m fixing it,” run the other way.

If you heard the phrase “This is what I would do,” run the other way.

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