Should a C.E.O. Be President?
The principle of presidential campaigns run by Ross Perot, Steve Forbes and now Herman Cain is that politics are broken and only a business leader can repair them. True?
What's the Latest Development?
Herman Cain's rise in the polls has been explained, in part, by his status as a Washington outsider who, as a past CEO, has the management skills, financial acumen and decisiveness to get the country going again. Cain is the former head of Godfather's Pizza. But is the skill set of a successful CEO suited to the office of the presidency? No, says Jonathan Cowan. Presidents must build consensus across divide, communicate effectively with a plurality of interests and cede control to different government branches.
What's the Big Idea?
Building consensus across party lines is not a skill that CEOs necessarily have. When a business leader creates consensus, he or she does so from within a company where each individual wants the business to succeed. And unlike CEOs, the President has little brand control, making communication an exercise in tolerance. Business leaders, on the other had, always have a direct line of communication to their employees. Finally, CEOs enjoy the ability to decide the direction of their company while democracy depends on sharing power.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and things that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way.".
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.