Leadership and Talking about “I”

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

After watching most of the State of the Union Address last night there were two
things that stuck out to me.
First, this quote:

Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.”

This was said at a very intense time. President Obama was speaking to both parties, Democrat and Republic, and asking for a by-Partisan Congress instead of the Partisan Congress that we have today. I found this statement very interesting in and of the fact that the call to say No is much easier then to say Yes. I would agree with President Obama, there needs to be more conversation rather then conversation killers (No’s).

How can we work on having conversation rather then just saying NO?

After watching most of the State of the Union Address I tuned into news coverage on CNN and Fox News channel. The one thing they mentioned that peeked my curiosity was that President Obama said the word “I” 98 times in his speech and “we” 15 times (this is off of a report from Fox News). I found this very interesting as well. This is something that I am very aware of at all times. I can even be over obsessed with making sure that I do not talk about MY church but OUR church, or that it was not MY idea but OUR idea. This is something that I think is very important and shows where your attitude about being on the team really is. I know that some of these “I” moments were unavoidable and he needed to say them, but most were not. And at a time where the Country is looking for leadership, I think President Obama stepped up and placed the reins in the hands of Congress and asked them to be leaders but also missed a chance to talk about how “we” are doing this, or “we” can can change this.

Does it bother you when you hear someone say “I” instead of “We”?

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If you are interested in more of what President Obama said check out this site that breaks down the words of all the presidents in their State of the Union Address.

Some of the tweets that you mentioned last night were great as well.

































*kyle

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://morethanuseless.com/ Tom

    I'll say this: When someone uses the term “I” instead of “we” it automatically makes me think that s/he's gonna be the one responsible when stuff goes wrong.

    Except it seems like people say “I” until stuff screws up. Then they're quick to say we.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Ohh, that is good stuff.
      Nailed it on the head.

  • http://www.thechurchofnopeople.com Matt @ The Church of No People

    Kyle, I saw your comment today. I didn't know you were just across the state from me. I'd have a tough time answering anything music related partly because jazz is my favorite genre of music. Duke Ellington, Coltrane, all those guys.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Ya, we are so close and yet so far.
      I wish we were closer.

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