Given the economic doldrums of the past four years, President Obama was unlikely to win reelection this week. The fact that he did says a lot about the strength of his "brand ideal" and the effectiveness of his campaign. So what can we learn from his success?
We saw the Republicans attacking Democrats hard on the business thing with their "we built this" message. This week, we Democrats have our turn, and how we both attack Republicans' weakness and address our own will be critically important to framing the fall debate.
The president has a rare opportunity to lead this economy into a period of sustained growth. He can do it by sending a message to small businesses that, rather than making scapegoats of job creators, Washington will be a reliable partner.
Even though I really do like the president, I don't support many of his economic policies. I'm not so sure re-electing him would be a very good thing for my business. But can we all calm down about what the president said? Because he's right.
Signed into law last week by President Obama, the JOBS Act is heralded as a measure set to revolutionize how startup companies, investors (experienced and novice), the SEC and Wall Street will be able to interact in the investment world.
In tough times like these, many believe that investments in people and training can wait; that corporate social responsibility can be put on the back burner. I believe passionately that this is precisely what American business leaders should not be doing today.