Lessons from the candidates

Posted 03.20.2008


What career lessons do the current crop of U.S. Presidential candidates have to offer? Plenty, according to recent piece by a former Fortune 500 HR executive. Among the writer’s key takeaways, Obama, Clinton, and McCain’s campaign highs and lows offer several lessons:

• Don’t rest on past, single achievements: Memories are short in both politics and business;
• Don’t assume that your best-laid plans will pan out; anticipate failure as well as victory;
• Don’t overlook the small states — small issues — on your way to triumph with the big ones;
• Don’t send the message that your continued career progression is a foregone conclusion;
• Don’t forget that people judge you by your associates — more than you may think;
• Don’t expect people to follow you unless you give them a map for getting there.