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Vote! – Your way of life and how you run your business could depend on it.

By Andrew Shamrao

While I’ve decided to vote for Hillary Clinton already, because she’s a woman and therefore, a sign of inclusion and (hopefully) a good role model for my daughter, I was hoping Clinton would have convinced me by the final debate that she’s a presidential candidate worth considering.  She didn’t.

I still see that she has an opportunity to leverage the Republican divide to achieve great things.  I hope she does.

Voter registration is said to be at an all-time high – around 200 million, however, that doesn’t mean everyone will vote.  If I were on the fence about voting for Clinton, or voting at all, I would need a good reason.  If you’re going to vote and know who you will vote for, post your thoughts about why, to help those who are on the fence make up their minds about which candidate can serve this country better.  Please post your opinion with kindness.


Hillary Clinton Has An Opportunity To Lay The Foundation For Her Legacy Through Effective Change Leadership – Will She Take It?

In a previous article1, I alluded to the fact that Donald Trump does not deserves the presidency, because he is not capable of carrying out the most important responsibility of the President of the United States: To unite the country behind the cause of improving the Union, so that it continues to deliver to its citizens the promise of unalienable Rights, includig Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I believe Hillary Clinton has the potential to achieve her desired legacy if she takes advantage of a rare opportunity that Trump is unwittingly giving her.

Donald Trump cannot unite the leaders within his own party, let alone across party lines, and therefore, if elected, he will not be able to achieve much.  His bullying behavior creates only resentment in those who don’t support him, and his erratic nature and unfiltered opinions have alienated Republicans, to the point that some have decided to vote for Clinton.

The turmoil in the Republican Party presents a unique opportunity for Hillary Clinton to show Republicans that she can find common ground and work with them to bring about meaningful, positive change for all Americans.

Finding common ground is a prerequisite for achieving her goals as President, and thereby establishing her legacy.

All presidential candidates lay out the issues they are passionate about.  These issues are the basis of goals they hope to achieve while in the White House.  Hillary Clinton has followed suite with no less than 37 issues2, including a fair tax system, education and criminal justice reform. Clinton’s issues are broad enough that she can find common ground with Republicans about many of them.  The process for doing this can start now.

Clinton’s Opportunity to be a Change Leader

Demystifying Change Management3 presents four steps in the process of effective Change Management.  These are (1) Know your stakeholders, (2) Mind the gaps, (3) Close the gaps, and (4) Cross over to the future state.

Change Leadership for Clinton would involve working with her senior team to identifying key stakeholders for the high-level goals Clinton wants to achieve.  It would involve understanding the “alignment gaps” between stakeholders.  Alignment gaps indicate where leaders don’t agree.

Closing these gaps, or better yet, avoiding them altogether, would allow Democrats and Republicans together, under Clinton’s leadership, to clearly define goals that paint a vision of the future state.  The collaborative vision will motivate the nation and those who are charged with planning and acting to achieve the goals.  Together, they can help the nation cross over to the future state.

Identify and connect with key stakeholders

The groundwork for collaboration with Republicans can start now by identifying those members of Congress and Senate who are on the fence about supporting Trump and creating an “Influence Map.” The Influence Map visually connects stakeholders with others in their party over whom the stakeholder has influence.  The Influence Map should guide the strategy for meetings with Republican leaders.  It should also guide who among the Democratic leadership should meet with Republican stakeholders and convey to them Clinton’s sincere intent to collaborate to achieve great things for America.

Democratic leaders, like Nancy Pelosi, who presided over one of the most contentious political gridlocks in history, should not be among those who attempt to engage disaffected Republican leaders.  In fact, a new house Democratic leader is needed to initiate a collaborative future.  Nancy should gracefully step down and stand behind others in this effort to reach across the aisle.

Understand Alignment Gaps

Clinton’s 37 issues are a good start.  Under her leadership, the Clinton team should organize the issues from most likely to be supported by influential Republicans to least.  Because issues and high-level goals related to them are broad and do not contain the details of how they will be achieved, they are excellent fodder for conversation and for finding common ground.  If alignment is sought ahead of time by looking for compatible goals, initial meetings can be very successful in building rapport.

A common cause of rift and widening alignment gaps between parties is putting ideological bias ahead of the mission to do what is best for the country.  Politicians often lean on ideology when they want to oppose a solution from the opposing party, regardless of how effective the solution is likely to be.  Hence the need to understand common goals and to put a face on what achieving those goals will mean for people.

Premature discussions about the method by which goals will be achieved can result in people taking an ideological stance on the problem, resulting in roadblocks to discussing actionable steps.  Therefore, it is important to spend time appearing in front of each other’s constituents together, touting the importance of specific goals related to issues that mean something to people.  The activity of conversing about goals across party lines and engaging each other’s constituents in these conversations will set the stage for how goals can be achieved.

Alignment on goals is reached when the different parties not only agree about the value of pursuing those goals, but also agree that the search for methods of achieving the goals must be infused with more pragmatism and less ideology, where efficiency and effectiveness measures are the indicators of success.

Close the Gaps and Cross Over to the Future State

Even if there is agreement on goals, there are likely to be disagreements or alignment gaps on how to achieve those goals.  Who gets assigned to negotiate and participate in building the path to achieving a goal can spell success or ideological gridlock and therefore failure.  In the interest of collaboration, Clinton should propose that each party interview and select from the other party who they would want to be on the committee to create the plan to achieve a goal.  Reagan Democrats are likely to fare well with Republicans.  The Democratic leadership can be assured that if the Reagan democrats did not share their core beliefs, they would not call themselves Democrats.  Therefore, their selection should be encouraged and will help close the alignment gaps with Republicans.

Modeling and encouraging working together, freely recognizing Republican leaders for their support and contribution, and celebrating when agreements are reached will bring in an era of collaborative and successful government.

Ms. Clinton, your most recent mantra has the word “together” in it.  I’m not convinced you mean together with the Republicans.  The entire nation yearns for a government for the people – please, give it to us by working together with Republicans to make America great again!

Copyright 2016 by Andrew Shamrao, All Rights Reserved

1Why I believe Hillary Clinton should be the next American president – despite her questionable judgment and run-of-the-mill, election-year promises. By Andrew Shamrao, Published July 28, 2016, www.andrewshamrao.com.

2Hillary Clinton’s Goals

3Demystifying Change Management.  By Andrew Shamrao, Published June 16, 2016, www.andrewshamrao.com.



Why I believe Hillary Clinton should be the next American President – Despite her questionable judgment and run-of-the-mill, election-year promises

A few weeks ago, I posted a note on LinkedIn and Facebook asking whether people who disliked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would consider writing in Michael Bloomberg as an Independent candidate for President of the United States.

Since then I’ve answered this question for myself and evaluated why I think it’s worth voting for Hillary Clinton, despite her questionable judgment and run-of-the-mill, election-year promises.

My reasoning can be boiled down to one word: “Inclusion.”

Our Tendency to Exclude

History is replete with examples of people excluding individuals and groups based on their race, gender, caste or other social classification – things that people can’t change about themselves.  Being excluded from a clique, gang, fraternity, sorority, club, religion, school, political party or some other social organization limits what we can achieve.  From the standpoint of social evolution, humanity is still crawling its way towards inclusion as a way of being.

What stands in our way is our natural tendency to avoid and exclude the unfamiliar.  We fear what we don’t know or understand and therefore avoid or exclude it from our surroundings.  If exclusion comes naturally to us because of unfamiliarity, then to foster an inclusion mentality, we must initially create structures that force familiarity.  Humans have the unique ability to do this.

The United States, through its constitution and legal system, forced desegregation and made the presence of African Americans familiar in schools and thereby in a wide variety of professions over time, including politics.  The stage was set for the collective American psyche to accept that an African American could lead this country and to eventually prompt people to vote for Barak Obama to be president.

Barak Obama’s tenure as president has effectively shattered the glass ceiling for African Americans aspiring to attain the highest office in the country.  His tenure has also shattered any psychological barriers in the American psyche that questioned whether an African American could occupy the highest office.  Barak Obama’s presidency ushered in a new age of inclusion for African Americans who want to avail of any opportunity the United States of America has to offer.

The Foundation of Presidential Legacy

In the past eight years of Obama’s presidency, I’ve learned that without cooperation between parties in Congress the Senate and the Executive branch little of significance can happen for the people of the United States.  The burden on the president to find common ground and use it as the foundation for advancing an agenda is monumental.  History will be the final judge of Barak Obama’s success at fostering cooperation during his presidency.  Much of his legacy is at risk in the current election because he seemed unable to achieve common ground and thereby secure his achievements.

In the current election, we have a choice between two equally divisive individuals, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

On the most basic level, Donald Trump is a bully, not a leader.  To find evidence, you need only look at his demeaning treatment of his ally, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.  For all his accomplishments, Christie was reduced, in Trump’s presence, to a sidekick who needed to be told what to do and complied without question.  I imagine anyone demeaned by Trump through public comments and brushed aside for the next shiny object is reminded of painful events in the schoolyard when they were bullied and demeaned by a peer.

While Trump’s bully behavior with those close to him may yield compliance, if he’s elected, that same behavior with those outside his circle will generate resentment and resistance to his agenda.  His philosophy of exclusion will result in a regression of the American psyche to a less mature and evolved state.  Congress and the Senate will remain in gridlock if he is elected.  He will not be able to lead effectively because he will not be able to find common ground.  Therefore, he will not achieve his extremist agenda.

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, finding common ground with those in the opposite camp will seem like an insurmountable challenge.  All of her experience aside, not being able to inspire people from both parties to come together will be a threat to her legacy.

So why vote for Hillary Clinton?

I will vote for Hillary Clinton for the simple reason that she represents, for the American psyche, a significant, social, and evolutionary step towards greater inclusion.  She stands on the threshold of shattering the glass ceiling for women and my 9 year old daughter by being the first woman to be elected to the highest office of the United States. Most importantly, Hillary Clinton’s achievement will serve as nourishment for the germinating belief in my daughter’s psyche that she can achieve anything she wants to.

I want my daughter to spend the next four years seeing a woman lead this nation and learn through discussions with her parents and others what Clinton is doing well and how she might do things differently as she navigates, what, quite literally, still is a man’s world.  I want her to know that she, like Hillary Clinton, can overcome all social barriers to her pursuit of happiness.

Copyright 2016 by Andrew Shamrao, All rights reserved.