Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Panda Bear on Blogging, the Presidential Debate and Leadership.
The Panda Bear has found that blogging is cutting into her exercise schedule. However, the Panda Bear hopes to rent a lock at the YMCA so she can take her computer with after work so she can do some blog posting between work and exercise. The Panda Bear finds that she is a typical American in that to do more of one thing means doing less of another item.
The Panda Bear would like to comment on the terrible job Obama did on the debate. Some of the time, he seemed like a two year old on the verge of a temper tantrum. He seemed to resent the idea of having to debate a political opponent. For shame Obama!!! This is what makes us a free society; incumbents have to defend their political record.
However, the Panda Bear thinks it is a very common problem that people in high position get spoiled and they lose their ability to hear criticism. It is hard to convey unpleasant truths to people in power without fear of bad consequences for oneself. The Panda Bear thinks it is a very rare quality in leaders that they are able to create safe environments were those under them can tell them things they don’t want to hear.
Several times the Panda Bear has tried to bring up disagreements with those who have authority over her. Often the response is an unfriendly “Ms. Bear, maybe the problem is you.” At this point the Panda Bear feels that discretion is the better part (quality) than valor and changes the subject.