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Now that both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are over, we’ve had a chance to hear both sides talk about what’s on their mind. To me, it seems like both sides are focused on the incumbent leader, President Barack Obama. The Democrats are focused on how President Obama can further strengthen the nation by proceeding with his political approach. The Republicans are focused on preventing President Obama from further damaging the nation by proceeding with his political approach. I think there’s an overall consensus on the objective of strengthening the nation; however, there’s an overall disagreement on whether or not the alternative that Obama has promoted since he started running for office, will eventually lead us there. Politics aside, from a leadership standpoint, the Democrats have it right, and the Republicans have it wrong—it’s a crime of leadership to focus on what won’t work, especially if you’re passionate of your convictions.

I can’t understand why the political strategists on the right would expend so much political passion on attacking the left. A more effective strategy would involve a constructive review of what happened in the last four years, followed by a candid discussion with the American public about how, if elected into office, they would build on what went right, and improve the areas that fell short.

What you focus on matters: in strategy, in projects, and in everyday activities. Focusing on avoiding what you don’t want, counterintuitively puts your tropism in the wrong direction. After a magnet has pushed away from it’s polar equivalent, where is it left to go? If there’s no attraction to a polar opposite, it goes nowhere.

That’s why a strategic vision is so important; if done right, it tightly focuses you on where you want to go. You should do the same with your critical programs, projects, and processes. And once you get clear on your vision and need to communicate it to your organization, hire Bill Clinton to deliver the message—what an amazing speech, huh?

Now, I’m off to focus on having a great weekend. I hope you have one too!

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