Repeat After Me

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President Obama took his oath of office for a second time yesterday.  We won’t debate whether he needed to or not but, as usual, we will discuss the business lesson we can learn from his having done so.  Confused yet?  Read on!

The Presidential Oath of Office contains some very specific language about what the President is to do while in office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

You see?  We can talk about fixing health care or the economy but his (or her) real task is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.  I think it’s a GREAT thing that the new guy had to repeat it twice and I’d be in favor of his having to do so each morning like some sort of awakening prayer.

Don’t misread.  I feel this way about every chief executive.  The problem is that in business the mission for many CEO’s (and those further down the line) is not written out nor are they made to repeat their task out loud in front of millions.

Preserve, protect, and defend every day.   Do you repeat your own oath every day?  Do you even know the words?  Why not try writing them down – hopefully as succinctly as the Founders did?  Not a bad weekend project!

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