true today as it was when his book first came out.
He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman!
Often we need to be reminded of Iacocca’s words.
Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death
throes? He’s now 82 years old and has a new book, ‘Where Have All The Leaders
Lee Iacocca Says:
‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where
the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming
bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to
steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters
stealing us blind, and we can’t even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program
without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers’ money, much less build a hybrid
car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when
the politicians say, ‘trust me, the economy is getting better..’Better? You’ve got to be
kidding. This is America , not the damned ‘Titanic’.
I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the Democrats out, along with Obama!’
You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I
have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore..
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
handcuffs.. While we’re fiddling in Afghanistan
, Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems
to know what to do. And the liberal press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead of
asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of the ‘ America ‘ my parents and
yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?
I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if
you’re not outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest
‘C’ is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C’s of leadership, with crisis being
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of
crisis. It’s easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send
someone else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself.
It’s another thing to lead when your world comes
On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any
other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the
ashes. A hell of a mess, so here’s where we stand.
We’re immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and
no plan for leaving.. But our soldiers are dying
We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the world,
and it’s getting worse every day!
We’ve lost the manufacturing edge to Asia ,
while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are skyrocketing again, and nobody in power has a
lucid plan to open our drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest
oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians
have been bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.
Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers’
Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegal’s
amnesty and free healthcare.
The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you’ve got to ask: ‘Where have all the
leaders gone?’ Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the
people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may
be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point..
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security
than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy,
and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government
will make it better for them. Now, that’s just crazy..
Deal with life.
Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how
we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed
that there could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese car
companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying
down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care
problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating
away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn’t
elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is
everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news
will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don’t you guys show some
spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and
doom here. I’m trying to light a fire. I’m speaking out because I have hope – I
believe in America .. In my lifetime, I’ve had the
privilege of living through some of America ‘s
greatest moments. I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises: The ‘Great
Depression,’ ‘World War II,’ the ‘Korean War,’ the ‘Kennedy Assassination,’ the
‘Vietnam War,’ the 1970’s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since
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