This small article from the Wall Street Journal by Sara Murray provides a very good look at one aspect of Mitt Romney’s leadership skills. If a key part of the organization stumbles, you don’t fire them, you get them ready for the next round.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman told me in an interview during the RNC’s Tampa Bay convention that during her time at Bain everyone –everyone– wanted to work for Romney on his projects. This approach to mistakes is no doubt part of the reason why. No Captain Bligh dramatics, no Hollywood faux rage, but calm, professional leadership.
When everyone turns from the horse race to governing, they should read Romney’s first book Turnaround for an idea of how Romney will govern with regards to people. It is amazing to me that many political “reporters” havent read it or, for that matter, No Apology: Believe in America.
It is easy for reporters to be surprised when they are lazy when it comes to basic background.
For debate watching prep, be sure to catch this piece from NPR on Romney’s landslide in rural America. He’s got the suburbs and the rural vote, and if he keeps talking about the education reform he accomplished in Massachusetts and which President Obama has largely punted on for fear of the NEA, he’ll make inroads in urban America as well.