Thursday, January 3, 2008
Ying and the Yang
Politicians fall into two categories: You either deal with a visionary/innovator or a project leader. One cares about the high-level strategy, the other about tactics.
Clearly, the visionary is more appealing and sexy. We all wait for the JFK moment, the moment where we look up to your president, feel part of something bigger. But, if you want a big vision, you need a giant to make it happen. Little people with big ideas have no chance. Giants with big ideas will be able to attract smaller people. Who, in return, will turn these big ideas into reality.
The project leader, on the other hand, might not have huge visions, big ideas. He has smaller ideas because he knows big ideas take a lot of effort and luck. He will make little steps, achieve little victories, change the direction of the country gradually.
Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to get the best of both worlds. In the end, we have to make a decision between a visionary path or a road paved with realities and small visions.
There are times when a reality check is the best path for a country. And there are times when a lofty vision is required to move things in the right direction.
P.S.: Ed Rollins (Huckabee advisor) just stated on CNN that Romney had all the money and TV spots, Huckabee almost no money and focused his message on the Internet. And that's why he won. Who knew an evangelist would be the spokesperson for new media?