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Hiring a President

The interview process for President

I once had to fill a position for management at one of the properties within our company.  I had gotten the list down to two candidates. One from outside the company, and one that was from within and was looking to be promoted.

The candidate from outside had a long list of references and accomplishments. He was very organized, financially educated. He knew how to create budgets, plan for future improvements and was a good team player and leader. He also was very good at working with other departments when obstacles came up.

The downside to the candidate was his lack of technical knowledge in some areas of the job.

The candidate from within had been with the company for several years. He was very well liked among his team that he managed. He had strong technical knowledge of what the job required.  Our company was very supportive of promoting from within and he should be considered for the position.

When he took the position that he currently held for 3 years, the department was a mess. There was a need to overhaul a department that had been run into the ground. He had great ideas and won the job.

The problem was his job performance was not up to par. He could not stay within budget. He never shopped for the best prices or services. He would not work with other departments and he had a reputation of calling off a lot.  He had overspent and under maintained the property. The property was worse than when he started.

So who should I Hire?

Whether you think Clint Eastwood hurt or help the Republicans at the convention in Tampa, he made a very good point.  The politicians work for us!  I  appreciate the fact that they allowed Clint to do his own thing.

I look at the recent conventions as part of a series of interviews for the job. We started off with the primaries, with a long list of applicants. That gets dwindled down to two.  Applicants for this job opening happens to include the current holder of the position.

The conventions are the second to last interviews, where we get to observe and hopefully hear what their plans are to do the job. At these conventions, you get to roll out your references, your ideas and yourself.

In Tampa, we saw a very well organized event. Even the city itself was very well organized. I hear there were only two arrests. From what I hear, Charlotte did a good job too. 

In Tampa, we heard about the candidate’s accomplishments, his personal side and some points on how he was going to resolve the country’s problems. I would like to have heard more details. Those I hope will come in the final interview, the debates.

In Charlotte, that candidate also rolled out his personal references. I did not hear anything new from them or him. It was almost word for word the same talking points from the last 4 years and the insistence that everything is still the previous job holders fault.  When asked to grade himself, the candidate gave himself an incomplete.

Now we all know that when we hire one of these candidates, he brings along with him his party. And when I look at Tampa, I saw a party unified. In Charlotte, I saw a party divided. Just look at the debacle with the vote to change the platform wording for example. The vote itself was a sham, since it was already done.

And then you have the DNC Chairwoman, who was caught in a bold faced lie and yet still blames it on the other party.

I will say that between the two conventions, the one moment that stands out above all and brings tears to my eyes is when Gabby Giffords walks out to say the pledge of allegiance. That is the highlight of both conventions.

There are a lot of important issues discussed in this current process. Healthcare, immigration and gun control just to mention a few.

But the biggest issue right now is the economy and jobs.

Who would you hire between these two candidates?

I can’t wait until the final interviews in October.

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Think Positive September 23, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Oh, yes and not's less forget. Good old Republican Randy Cunningham. Well, at least he pleaded guilty. Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty to bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion surrounding defense contracts. He was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison and an ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution. http://www.republicanoffenders.com/Coingate.html Kool-aid here, get you're Kool-aid. Those Dems, they're just dead weight. Better vote for that more qualified, and honest Repub. Yeah, wake up.
Think Positive September 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Oh, yes, that silver platter, thingy !! But, in this case it was a platinum platter. Bush v. Gore, 531 US 98 (2000) The US Supreme Court decision regarding Florida vote recounts preempted the decision of the electorate and presumptively awarded the Presidency to Republican George W. Bush over his Democratic opponent, Al Gore http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_US_President_took_office_because_of_a_Supreme_Court_decision_in_2000
Think Positive September 23, 2012 at 03:48 PM
tchjjal.....but we're not dealing with "full decks" here in the northeast! Is this a case of, it takes one to know one? Just asking.
Think Positive September 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
George W. Bush, Dictator in Charge. "I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator," Bush joked. -- CNN.com, December 18, 2000 "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it, " [Bush] said. -- Business Week, July 30, 2001 "You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier." Describing what it's like to be governor of Texas. (Governing Magazine 7/98) Hey, any one else see a pattern here? Just asking.
R Eleveld September 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM
TP: You are pulling up stuff that is not relevant to the current situation. You are a fast poster of things you find, however there is no analysis or information to add to the dialog. Rumsfeld, and GWB are kinda old news and they do not add to the assertion I made. I said that Obama ran the show in the first 2 years. He got through everything he could. He took no time to accept any input from anyone not agreeing with him. He did not show leadership, he showed how a person with power can get things done. Yes that is leadership in the minds of those that agree with him; when you can control the show, it is more dictatorial, for lack of a better word at the moment. Leadership is to work with people you disagree with and find common ground to work out a compromise. Ramming stuff through like Obama in his first 2 years, and like Malloy does now, does not require leadership. Obama's pay back was because of his lack of leadership. Prove with evidence I was wrong. Wiki: Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task".

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