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What should be the issues of the 2008 election?
Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007. He consults with major corporations and governments and lectures about management, leadership, strategy, economics and geopolitics. He is an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles. An American, Mills is also a member of the Innovation Council of Malaysia, a ministry level council chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mills has been interested in early stage businesses and as a director and investor has helped develop several firms. He has been a director of a publicly listed company, chairing its audit committee for several years. A thought leader, Mills has written books on leadership, geo-politics, investments, capital markets, business strategy, network organizations, demographics, marketing, empowerment, and union relations. His most recent book is Master of Illusions: Presidential Leadership, Strategic Independence and America’s Public Culture, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. The book explores America’s role in the world in the aftermath of the second Iraqi War.
Widely and often quoted as well as seen in the national media, Mills has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Business Week. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.
Question: What should be the issues of the 2008 election?
D. Quinn Mills: Well, the most important issue is the one we just talked about, because we are so mishandling it at this point time and that is what America’s proper role in the world. The second big issue I think is that this society is not improving. One of the things we've lost some how in United States, which the Puritans brought to us in the beginning, was the notion that individual human beings and societies, whether large or small, should always be trying to improve themselves. They should be trying to learn more, they should be trying to improve their character, their service, their all kinds of. We kind of have lost that notion, so that self-improvement is become a joke or it means something like losing some weight and we have as in we focused instead on happiness and pleasure and enjoying in life. I think that is very serious conflict, we ought to talk about that, those I think, now there are issues, there is the health care and financing problem that we have in United States. There is going to be an economic problem that is coming up. There are those kind of issues, but the really big ones, are the ones that are what are we about. What are we about in the world and what are we about at home?
Recorded on: 9/27/07
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