” President Donald Trump’s Economy Plus vs Impeachment Minus ” – January 15, 2020.

President Donald Trump.

1.  US-China Trade Deal  :

          First  Phase of the Trade Deal with China has been crystallised on January 15,  2020, to be marked with a Whitestone in President Donald Trump’s first term.

          President Donald Trump claims, ” it is a momentous step  …  …  …  to a future of fair and reciprocal trade”.

2.  The Trade Agreement has been signed by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the White House.

3.  The Trade Deal covered : 

          Expansion of American agriculture ;  IP protection and enforcement ;  Removing barriers to American Financial Services ;  Rebalancing the US-CHINA trade relationship ;  Effective Dispute Resolution.

          China will submit an action plan to strengthen IP protection within 30 days of agreement taking effect. This will cover “measures that China will take to implement its obligations”  and the “date by which each measure will go into effect”.

          Technology transfers should be based on market terms that are voluntary and reflect mutual agreement.

          Companies should be able to operate “without any force or pressure from other party to transfer their Technology to persons of the other party”.

          China will take measures to root out the sale of counterfeit goods.

          Chinese market access to US financial services firms will get a boost.

          President Donald Trump revoked his earlier decision to label China as currency manipulator.

4.  Time taken for the Trade Deal to effect :

          It took 18 months (660 days) and 13 rounds of high level negotiations prior to this deal.

          US dropped its plans of new tariffs on $ 160 billion in Chinese imports. It also cut tariffs on $ 110 billion in half to 7.5 %.

5.  Second Phase of the Deal :

          The second phase of the deal is expected to begin only after the November Election. Until then, punitive tariffs on China will stay. (Tariffs on  $ 360 billion of Chinese goods).

          Principle of equality and mutual respect was the guiding force behind the phase I deal. Phase 1 of the deal commits China to buy $ 200 billion worth of goods (agriculture, manufacturing, and services) from the US in the next two years. We may remember that President Donald Trump wanted China to reduce trade deficit in 2018.

          Phase 2 of the deal is expected to roll back more tariffs and it may be christened 2A,  2B, and  2C  ..  ..  ..

          Focus on enforcement of the Phase 1 of the deal is the primary focus now – hold the US officials.

Salient Observations from a common man  :

          1.  Even as the door of  ‘impeachment’ threatened to close for President Donald Trump, the door of  ‘economy’  opened welcoming him into the group of  Leaders  respected for high level performance.

          2.  The First Phase of US-CHINA deal, and the ratification of USMCA are the twin gains that Donald Trump recorded enabling him to cross his thorn laden Political Street with eclat.

          3.  In management parlance this can be taken to represent : (a)  his tenacity of will ;  (b)  his ability to stay resolute ;  (c)  his ability to hold his strong’hold with aplomb ;  (d)  his effectiveness of execution ;  and  (e)  his professional competence with skill. Management analysts and students have a good topic on hand to discuss and discept in their classes.

          4.  The Phase 1 of the deal is a firm step on the rungs of the ladder of easing the on-going trade war, giving the right direction. 

          5.  President Donald Trump’s team of negotiators (cheerleaders)  ‘connected, communicated, and collaborated’  with their counterparts in China and celebrations, if any, are only fitting. Ability to connect authentically with the other party’s thoughts and feelings in order to motivate and inspire them toward a deserved outcome – is a mark of Leadership.

          6.  The pessimism, if any, shrouding the markets with the possibility of slow economic growth may well be dispelled, atleast temporarily.

          7.  In keeping/fulfilling one of his promises, President Donald Trump must have built and elevated the  “trust”  of his supporters and possibly earned many other supporters too. His commitment is stronger than the real benefits that are likely to accrue to the people in the short-term. It, nevertheless, is a timely  ‘win’  with a concrete ascension to the overall relations with China.

Conclusion  :

          Something seems to be missing in this deal. We still do not know the specifics clearly (in terms of statistics and cost benefits). The optimism portrayed now may just vanish if the details do not support a clear advantage to the US Citizens. That may well be a great disappointment. The process, nevertheless, has started signalling the existent choices and chances which comprise the big hope that it will be consummated  “favourably”. Hail Leadership.

 

    “Dieu avec nous”

   Thursday, January 16, 2020 –  6.19 p.m. (IST).

   Tidbit :  ” The Phase 1 of the US-CHINA deal is expected to set in motion a  “new cycle of relationship” “.  –  President Donald Trump.

 

 

 

” Seventh Democratic Presidential Primary Debate – Candidates Expect a Voter Storm ” – January 14, 2020.

The seventh Democratic Presidential Primary Debate was held tonight in Iowa.

           Venue :  Drake University Campus, Des Moines, Iowa.

          Hosted by  :  The Des Moines Register with CNN as Co-host.

           Candidates :  Former VP, Joe Biden ;  Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) ;  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) ;  Mayor Pete Buttigieg, (South Bend, Indiana) ;  Sen. Amy Klobuchar ( Minnesota) ;  and  Enterpreneur Tom Steyer.

Moderated by :  Wolf Blitzer ;  Abby Phillip of CNN;  and  Brianne Pfarnansteil of Des Moines Register.

            Issues Covered  :  Middle East, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq – Troops and war ;  Trade Relations ;  Healthcare ;  Childcare ;  Education ;  Impeachment ;  and  Economy.

          Salient points from me here :

          1.  Tom Steyer’s key strategies and strengths are three-fold : Climate Change as priority,  Standing up for the righteous things,  and  Military should be strategically defensive. He is keen to effect changes to Governance, Economy, and Welfare of people through incorporating Environmental friendliness in every aspect. This is something that is looking beyond the established set of behaviors and practices, but he argued convincingly that this will be the best remedy in this critical hour of chaos and tumult.

          2.  Pete Buttigieg’s  three fold key strategies and strengths lay in :  Trust in allies and human rights in dealing with foreign nations;  Climate Science linked to development and jobs schemes ;  and  Call of faith in trying to fight greed and misgovernance. He seemed to have a good grasp of the changes happening now, and hoped that people will appreciate the path he is providing. It occurred to me, however, that he didn’t make the best use of the debate forum to make impact.

          3.  Amy Klobuchar’s key strategies and strengths are : Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement ;  her strong focus to beat Trump ;  and  Decency and patriotism in people relations, governance, and officials. Things worked well and happened perfectly for her and she must have felt good and confident about that. In bringing reference to Donald Trump while answering almost every question even while differentiating her Strategy very clearly with unclouded alternatives, her efforts to place herself as the best candidate to beat Trump grew from strength to strength as the debate progressed. She surely must have elevated her standing after this debate.

          4.  Elizabeth Warren’s key strategies and strengths are :  Giving power to the powerless ; Expansion of healthcare,  and  Fighting corruption. She not only emphasized what she wants to change on every issue of the debate, but also articulated that effectively. She is also the one who stood out in assessing the situation exceptionally well in this debate. No confrontation, no tit for tats, no high decibel rhetoric.  And she must have made her views count to the people effectively. Warren had the best with Amy Klobuchar coming immediately after her, as far as my assessment goes now.

           5.  Bernie Sanders’  Key strategies and strengths are :  Medicare for all ; Trade deals benefiting Citizens ;  and  Democratic Socialism as the best ideal to fight Trump. Credible and honest but no great forward thinking or adventurous programs. He seemed stubborn and inflexible too. If it was his conviction and his way of accepting the challenges, he needs to be complimented.

          6.  Joe Biden’s key strategies and strengths are :  Affordable Healthcare with public option ;  Improving the economy ;  and  emphasis on his experience to beat Trump. He, like Sanders,  admitted flaws even while giving reasons for that. He was also gracious while acknowledging the support he received from people. He must have maintained his standing.

          Key Moment of Debate  :

          The key moment of the debate was when the question regarding Senator Sanders’  utterance in 2018 – ” a woman couldn’t be President” – was posed, and as a reply to Sanders’ defense Senator Elizabeth Warren made the statement – ” Just look at this stage. The men on this stage here have lost 10 Elections;  and the ‘two’  women on this stage (Elizabeth Warren herself, and Amy Klobuchar) are the only ones to have won all their Elections uptil now.”  That this aroused the longest applause and cheers during this debate is not a coincidence. It was deserving.

          Leadership Characteristics evident in this debate  :

          1.  Acknowledging mistakes – Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren acknowledged mistakes honestly at times, specially during the first 45 minutes of the debate. Specially in the context of 2002 vote of Biden, and the present Middle East conflict.

          2.  Past experiences as good guidelines for decisions :  Pete Buttigieg dwelt on his Afghanistan experience and as Mayor to frame strategies for foreign relations/practices and education.

          3.  Judgement more than experience as key to Leadership :  Both Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer touched on this aspect while dealing with climate change.

          4.  Collaboration and networking to bring about harmonious relationship :  Bernie Sanders explained how the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 was achieved amidst differences and rigidity.

          5.  Competency and not just stature is Leadership :  Senator Amy Klobuchar brought light on this in her expression of how women can make a mark in this world, just like she did.

What each said in closing remarks :

          Amy Klobuchar :  “Election is about People. Finding Common ground and not scorched earth is what is needed”.

          Tom Steyer : “Take back the country and save the world. Do not kick people on the base”.

          Pete Buttigieg :  ” Breaking from the past is important. Join me to help turn the page on the politics “.

          Elizabeth Warren :. ” My heart is filled with hope. Our moment is to build the movement and make the change”.

          Bernie Sanders :  ” Great economy and great Government that work for all is the need. Courage needs to take over the corrupt”.

          Joe Biden : ” Restore America’s soul that is in jeopardy now. Fundamental basic decency is the need of the hour”.

                  Conclusion:  I strongly feel that with the Iowa votes slated for February 3, 2020 ,  voters will be keen to indulge in a merit based assessment of the content to be delivered by the candidates from now on (in this debate and after). Also, with Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, setting the stage for an Impeachment trial following her transfer of Impeachment articles to the Senate (likely tomorrow morning) along with the identification of managers,  the mental and emotional framework of the voters are expected to be accended across the States.

          Candidates in general delivered a lot in terms of new/alterations of their deals for growth ;  redefining and refining their programs in the light of criticisms (both from among the candidates within and outside) and new inputs;  predicating on what can happen following the tense situation created in the Middle East ;  some solid insights into solutions to the growing expectations of the people and their satisfaction;  and  extending their march (campaign) through the still untapped/less tapped voter segments into new areas.

          The debate effectively set the next task and stage of campaign when the candidates will essentially spend time filtering their ideas further cutting redundancy and adding specific and clear returns for people from their deals and programs   that can foster the climate and encourage Peoples’ following.

          On the Social front the time now is right for accelerated communication with Citizens utilising the platforms created so far (digital, electronic ads, meetings, face to face communication  … ) embedding a sense of a  “Democratic Community”  full of focus, energy, and engagement of the citizens, for the citizens, by the citizens.

          American citizens will from now on look for the candidate who can display these three characteristics :  ”  Optimism,  Energy,  and  Electability “.

 

  “Dieu avec nous”

  Wednesday, January 15, 2020 –  11.19 a.m. (IST).

   Tidbit: ” China is our enemy on Economics ;  Iran because of Donald Trump.” – Senator Amy Klobuchar.

” Killing of General Qassem Soleimani and Leadership Lessons ” – January 9, 2020.

Donald Trump, President

US President Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on 3rd January 2020  has been bold and adventurous triggering discussions in favour and against all  over the world.

          A short observation from a non-expert :

          President Donald Trump followed the dictum :  ” Urgent situations require Urgent responses ” and his emergency response is to take General Qassem Soleimani out.

          Democrats on the other hand may be right in their thinking to oppose the act vehemently based on the dictum :  ” Complex situations require thoughtful analysis before action “.

          Both are reactions that seem different to experts, analysts, media, and even common Citizens.

          While President Donald Trump as a Leader held his style of response (though may be perceived as unilateral, aggressive, imprudent,  …  … ) with the strong belief that something good to Citizens will emerge, his decision even while getting all the attention throughout the world,  didnt go well with a majority within or outside the nation. He, nevertheless, may have achieved his – by now – characteristic and  famous approach, that is,  ” let me get this done, come what may “. An approach that rates the Success in less serious matters and perhaps in small proportions. His intent may be to drive fear into the hearts and minds of the Iranian Leadership, but at this juncture it seems to have taken only vast energy from him with little credit assigned to the act. What happened may well be contrary to what was expected.

Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

          Democrats are likely driven by a sense of National and International Security ;  Image of the nation in the eyes of the World ;  and Trust among allies which are key ingredients in Foreign Relations and Policy. It is their sensitivity to the people within and outside the nation and mindfulness to the personal lives and goals of all Citizens that probably made them “move the resolution to curb the President’s action against Iran” – for future practices, iterations, and to make that an essential tenet. This may well be supported, encouraged, and highly regarded by people even if it is not by itself enough to mark their success.

Anchors discuss the resolution to be adopted by Congress

           Coming days will probably make the US feel and sense the real impact of this First Big Event/Political Decision of this new Decade.

Likely immediate impact

 

   ” Dieu avec nous “

   Thursday,  January 9, 2020 –  9.09 p.m. (IST)

   Tidbit :  ”  President Donald Trump made the decision to eliminate General Qasem Solaimani  “in response to imminent threats to American Lives”  ”  –  Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

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” New Year, New Decade, New Vision – 2020 – December 31, 2019.

New Year Holiday has always been embellished with a matchless significance of global nature. A significance that is beyond the ken for many in this World.

          Two aspects stand out to make this great significance :

          1.  New Year Holiday is a Global Holiday unlike any other holiday.

          2.  New Year Holiday does not have its origin from any religious, ethnic, racial, national, or astronomical event or reason unlike any other holiday.

           The passage of time is continuous through the day, through the week, through the month, through the year, through the millennium with no divisions earmarked. Nor is the New Year marked by any lightening, thunder, bugles, or even disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes,  …  ….  It is just we, the human beings, marked the New Year according to our own convenience.

           Ancient Egyptians celebrated September 21 as New Year Day ;  Ancient Greeks celebrated December 21 as New Year Day;  Christians in mediaeval days celebrated March 25 as New Year Day;  Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582, put January 1 as New Year Day. It was immediately accepted by Germany and Denmark, and later by Sweden in 1700. England accepted it in 1752 and that tradition continues till this day.

         As  is evident from the above everyone used his/her way tampering with the calendar. So also were the beliefs held and came to be associated with the day.

          Spanish individuals eat 12 grapes at the stroke of 12 in the strong belief that the year will be providential and profitable. Swiss believe that dropping drops of ice cream on the floor on this day will shower fortune. In Puerto Rico, children throw buckets of water out the window in the belief that it drives away evil spirits. For Dutch, it is doughnuts that bring luck. For Indians it is mango, banana, and jackfruit for health and profits.

           Practices are different but the central belief is that the first thing that one does as above on the New Year Day will prove to be good for the entire year. The central theme also holds it as the most auspicious time to begin the New Year.

          So  what are we expected to do in 2020 ?

          So what will you do for the nation, community, and family ?

          Ponder and resolve  …   …

 

   ” Dieu avec nous”

   Tuesday, December 31, 2019 –  11.09 a.m. (IST)

   Tidbit :. ” Forget the past,  Plan for the Future”.

 

” Sixth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate – Optimal Energy with High Engagement ” – December 19, 2019.

The sixth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate was held tonight.

Location  :  Los Angeles, California.

Venue  :  Loyola Marymount University, LA.

Hosted by  :. PBS NewsHour and Politico.

Candidates  :  Joe Biden, Former VP ;  Bernie Sanders, Senator, Vermont ;  Elizabeth Warren, Senator, MA ;  Amy Klobuchar, Senator, Minnesota ;  Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, South Bend, Indiana ;  Andrew Yang, Enterpreneur ;  and Tom Steyer, Enterpreneur.

Moderators  :  Judy Woodruff,  Amna Nawaz,  Yamiche Alcindor,  and  Tim Alberta.

Issues Covered  :  Impeachment ;  Economy, Foreign Policy ;  Syria, Afghanistan ;  Immigration ;  Healthcare ;  Education ;  Age ;  and Democrats’  Vision .

Salient features  :

1.  Enterpreneur Tom Steyer’s  Strategy Triad is given below :

      It includes an ‘unconventional way’ to take on Donald Trump in the general election ;  Environmental Justice as his Priority (Climate change) ;  and  To unite the now divided nation with strength and support from everyone.

      Tom Steyer was confident, consistent, credible, honest and sounded extremely supportive of giving a hand to dismantling Trump’s Presidential run in 2020. Repeating and reinforcing this effort in every Program conceived by the leader is key to enforce a cultural adjustment – according to him. He drew extensively upon his single minded, single handed effort in building his business amidst many struggles to make his case for the position.

     2.  Enterpreneur Andrew Yang’s   Strategy Triad is given below :

     It rests upon ‘ relocation of people displaced’ to protect them ;  Making available a Freedom Dividend of $1000 per month in the hands of every citizen ;  and the firm conviction that ‘Immigrants  make the nation great’.

     Andrew Yang displayed a good grasp of the changes happening in the nation now ;  what they mean and cause to administrators and Citizens ; and how improvement can be brought. He had a clear insight into the needs of people and seemed capable of providing the right solutions for better national growth. He also looked keen on implementing a disruptive change to the nation in a short period and his remedy lies in enhancing people comfort even while attempting digital technologies.

     3.  Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s  Strategy Triad is given below :

      His Strategy Triad comprises a ‘Carbon neutral’  priority ;  strong belief that ‘value’ and stability’ constitute the nation’s strength ;  and  the strong need to make America Safe.

      He exuded Confidence throughout the debate and offered his views/ideas with authority conveying his leadership qualities by bringing his knowledge into the answers. By that he was able to make his points count to the people making himself clearly known to people.  “Diplomatically  and economically tackle challenges”  was his message. Things worked and happened for him well (despite the counterpoints from Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren on a couple of occasions on fundraising) which made him feel good and confident about himself.

     4.  Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Strategy Triad is given below :

           Climate change priority ;  Healthcare ;  and  ‘avoiding discrimination and providing economic opportunity to people’  –  constitute the three pillars of her conscience.

     She correctly assessed and held a realistic view of the opportunities in these troubled times with a clear recognition of the value of the initiatives needed to bring about a change. Looking beyond the established set of behaviour from the citizens, she supported a vigorous search for new methods, be it Healthcare, education, immigration, or foreign policy. She also showed a keen respect for others on the stage. Respecting others’ ideas, trust, culture, and race sure will come back to her in goodwill and support in future. Her simple and essential message was  “progress”. She definitely stood tall and high on performance as a leader on the stage.

     5.  Senator Bernie Sanders’  Strategy Triad is given below :

     The three elements of the triad are :  Save the Planet ;  Togetherness is the strength of the nation ;  and  human rights and democracy to be protected immediately.

      In his arguments there was a keen interest to present a healthy and positive journey in the life of the Citizens. He batted for a citizen centric nation where the Government will take a front seat in its transformational goal to make it a culture of the nation. He put his emotions clearly to tackle the questions that seemed to have helped him to speak confidently of his views in the debate. He made the situational assessment – of the country – exceptionally well and expressed firmly that he is the fitting candidate to defeat Trump in the ensuing general election.

     6.  Senator Elizabeth Warren’s  Strategy Triad is given below :

       The three elements of the Triad are :  Clean Energy Leader that America needs to be ;  Immigration is key to prosperity ;  and  full Healthcare coverage.

      She made the best impression in this debate displaying the right dose of modesty, humility, and strength of arguments. Whenever questioned she was able to come up with an alternative perspective to the proposed solution as in education and healthcare. She also remained gracious while acknowledging the support received for all her accomplishments.

      7.  Former VP, Joe Biden’s  Strategy Triad is given below :

  It consists of (a)  moving beyond the normal on all issues ;  (b)  immigration being the future of America ;  and  (c)  an energy storage priority.

           He proved that he is the frontrunner in the race. He took the first steps to display a personal charge and progress enthusiastically on all issues discussed. He also displayed greater empathy, self reflection, and situational awareness when countered. He offered a clear context (protecting the citizens being the first in the list) for his strategies to make a good start. The debate was the moment of elevation for him. He must have won the hearts and minds of the Citizens.

      Moment of the Debate :

      The key moment was when the question : “Is age a factor in Leadership ?”  was posed. This was drawing from Barack Obama’s recent words that youngsters make for good leaders. Bernie Sanders replied , it is not men or women, old or young – it is taking on the greedy elite. Joe Biden said,  I am running based on my experience and wisdom and because I feel young. Elizabeth Warren said to the observation that she will be the oldest President if elected :  “I’ll also be the youngest woman President”. It drew the loudish laughter in the entire debate becoming the key moment of the debate also.

     Closing  comments :

1. Tom Steyer :  Return power to people ;  people with new ideas.

2.  Andrew Yang :  Economy to work for America ;  give money in people’s hands.

3.  Amy Klobuchar :. Sense of obligation and not sense of entitlement to be promoted.

4.  Pete Buttigieg :  Defeat Donald Trump; unite the country. Build our future not by exclusion, but by belonging.

5.  Elizabeth Warren :  America is ready to fight corruption, build an America that will work for everyone.

6.  Bernie Sanders :  Real change takes place from the bottom up. “Political revolution for the transformation of the nation”.

7.  Joe Biden :  Tell the truth to the people and build a strong America.

      Conclusion :  Facing an almost divided nation in this tumultuous times,  setting a clear role for self as President with a clear understanding of the same by all Citizens even while making initiatives to boost their morale is what can deliver the right solutions to all problems – health,  safety,  economic, social,  monetary, and citizen experiences. This turned out to be a debate with optimal energy from the candidates (less rhetorical, less aggressive, less altercation) and one that is highly engaging (the spirit of supporting anyone emerging from the group of 25 candidates overall as the nominee has never been stronger before).

 

   “Dieu avec nous”

   Friday, December 20, 2019 –  11.19 a.m. (IST)

   Tidbit :  “More we act of Donald Trump is the cause of our problems “. – Andrew Yang.

 

 

 

” President Donald Trump Impeached – Is Constitutional Democracy Upheld ?” – December 18, 2019.

House of Representatives in U.S.A. have impeached President Donald Trump this night. Article I  :  230 yea,  197 nae, and 1 present.  Article  II :  229 yea,  198 nae, and 1 present.

           President Donald Trump’s Impeachment and impelled by the Democrats  based on House Intelligence Committee’s report seems to rest on two major accusational acts of “abuse of power, and obstruction of the Congress”.

          Abuse of power pertains to seeking a favor from the Ukrainian President during the phone call on July 25, 2019.

          Obstruction of Congress pertains to his instructions to the witnesses to ignore the subpoenas and refusing to deliver documents, e:mails, etc sought by the Congress.

          The whistleblower report revealed that President Donald Trump has asked the Ukrainian President, Volodimyr Zelenski, in July 2019 to investigate Joe Biden, Trump’s likely political opponent in 2020 Presidential Election; as well as his son, Hunter Biden, and the company Crowd strike ;  and to discuss these matters in exchange for the Congressionally mandated $ 391 million military aid package plus a meeting at the White House.

          Formal Impeachment inquiry began in September 2019. President stands impeached on December 18, 2019.

           What this means ?

          1.  Memories, thoughts, and beliefs triggering the feelings of the lawmakers after a fierce debate on the articles of Impeachment on the floor of the House tonight prevailed in favour of the decision to impeach President Donald Trump, only the third President to be impeached in the history of America. (Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998 are the other two). Pure logic justified the actions of the lawmakers in this decision.

          2.  It emphasised that a strong belief in national security;  upholding the values, rules, and laws enshrined in the Constitution ;  and a definite escalation of Commitment with past experiences overrode any individual differences that can likely diminish the outcome.  

          3.  People of America at this juncture may well be filled with a mixed set of feelings : Fear and Joy ;  Anger and Support ;  Sadness and Happiness ;  Trust and Distrust ;  Disgust and geniality  …  …

          4.  Those engaged in management studies and application will be eager to classify the decision as one that will leave a mark on what we generally read  as  ” major,  tactical policy, and group decisions”.

          5.  Impeachment pertains to a difficult one in terms of tackling a ‘major’ national problem for which the solution may look simple by the provisions/procedures in the Constitution but one that is not easy. Hence, this is a  ‘major’  decision.

          6.  This is a  ‘tactical’  decision as it is likely to impact the foreign policy (the Ukraine call of July 2019 by the President) of the nation. These are policies formulated and followed by the executive arm of the nation impacting not just the host nation but others in terms of allies and foes. Its functioning is a matter of genuine concern of the people too.

          7.  It is a  ‘group’  decision as the abuse of power relates to the act of an  ‘individual’ , the number 1 in broad policy framework makers of the country. It is the involvement of the top most executive of the nation. This will require a majority support to correct the wrong, which means a collective or group decision is the right and appropriate method of tackling it.

          Conclusion :  Democrats  have taken  the decision after carefully and thoroughly considering the action that they need to take in a characteristically programmed manner since September 2019. They also felt strongly that this is of extreme importance to the nation. Whether this is likely to have an impact on the goals, strategies, and broad policy structure framework in future remains to be seen. Also, whether the will of the people remains strong will be interesting to watch. Constitutional Democracy seems to remain upheld at this moment – will this be the verdict now ?  I don’t know.

 

   “Dieu avec nous”

   Thursday, December 19, 2019 –  8.49 a.m. (IST)

   Tidbit :  ” Standing up for the Constitution is the prime task of any lawmaker”

” Two Great Leadership Examples in the Last Fortnight ” – December 11, 2019.

Sundar Pichai

1. Alphabet and Sundar Pichai  :

          Google CEO, Sundar Pichai’s elevation as the parent Alphabet’s CEO, as announced by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, is not just paving a new way for its simplification of the management structure or a new way of guiding the company but rather a due recognition of his competence, passion, efforts, merit, and the impeccable track record he holds in meeting the challenges to the company for nearly 2 decades.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Co-founders, Alphabet.

          It is highly significant for the fact that the move stands as testimony to the “Leadership” of both the awardee (Sundar Pichai),  and  the co-founders (Larry Page and Sergey Brin) equally.

          Both Larry Page and Sergey Brin stand tall as great leaders for their faith and confidence in Sundar Pichai to lead the company they founded.

          Following the Microsoft way in the technology sector, Google has bestowed its Trust, Confidence, and Honour to an Indian-American in crowning him as the  “Chief”  of  Alphabet and Google.

          I am not an expert in any tech subject. But what comes to my mind at this juncture is what I knew and read about  ‘Netflix’ and its work culture/hiring policy.

           Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr.,  Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO,  of Netflix said :  “Ask if a certain position is open and will he fill it with the person holding the job ?”  If the answer is no, then write a check and let the person go.

          But  In this case, both Larry Page and Sergey Brin have let themselves go while anointing the right fit for the right task. That they are still in the Governing Board has to be recognised.

          One may counter this view with the following argument :  Netflix’s case mostly applies to middle and lower level responsibilities and not for the  “top”  position.

          It needs to be emphasized here that CEO, Reed Hastings, let go of Patty McCord (HR Chief),  Jonathan Friedland (Head of Corporate Communications),  and  Neil Hunt (Chief Product Officer) – all holding key positions in the Organisation. Also, the act should be taken to represent Netflix’s Culture of  “Freedom and Responsibility” enunciated by Reed Hastings and Patty McCord. It was the ‘performance culture’ of Netflix that stood successful, perhaps only in Netflix, while many other companies which tried to imitate similar propositions failed.

          Just as Microsoft succeeded with Satya Nadella,  Alphabet (with Google) will also be successful with Sundar Pichai is the final verdict.

 

2.  Impeachment of President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi :

Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

          President Donald Trump’s Impeachment (articles being released) impelled by the Democrats based on the House Intelligence Committee’s report seems to rest on two major accusational acts of ” abuse of power and obstruction of the Congress”.

          Abuse of power pertains to President Donald Trump’s seeking a favor with the Ukrainian President during his July 2019 phone call.

          Obstruction of Congress pertains to President Donald Trump’s instructions to ignore the subpoenas and refusal to deliver documents, e:mails, etc sought by the Congress.

President Donald Trump.

          According to the whistle blower report, President Donald Trump asked the Ukrainian President, Volodimyr Zelensky in July 2019, to investigate Joe Biden, Trump’s political opponent in 2020 Presidential Election, as well as his son Hunter Biden and the company Crowd strike, and to announce these in exchange for the Congressionally mandated $ 391 million military aid package plus a meeting at the White House.

          Formal Impeachment inquiry began in September 2019. House of Representatives voted to approve guidelines for the next phase of  Impeachment Inquiry.

           On Tuesday, December 10, 2019,  (after 74 days of witness inquires), two articles of Impeachment have been announced by the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

          For the Leadership Lesson, let me turn the clock back to 1998-1999 when President Bill Clinton was impeached. There is a parallel to this.

          While President Bill Clinton’s Impeachment and his sequel to that – making his mark – of  “admitting his mistakes” without being self-centred, even while moving forward with extra energy to fulfill his task of doing good to the citizens of America during the remaining period of his Presidency, ever will remain high on his “Leadership Characteristic” (exempli-gratia), whether the same will now be seen in this case is seriously in doubt.

“Makng mistakes is an important part of a leader’s journey – opined an expert.

By that simple admission, President Bill Clinton, transformed himself from one who’s attacked to one who’s respected and trusted.”

          What President Donald Trump will do now remains largely unknown and uncertain.

          Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, by declaring the fructification of USMCA Trade Pact (an improvement over NAFTA) in an act of collaboration with President, Donald Trump, for the good of American Citizens within an hour of announcing the Impeachment articles is a clear signal to the people of America that Democrats will stand up for the welfare and safety of all people.

          Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has done well to adopt the learning experience of Bill Clinton to steer the future of the Party and the Nation.

 

   “Dieu avec nous”

   Wednesday, December 11, 2019 –  11.39 a.m. (IST).

   Tidbit :  ” A true Leader is one who is humble enough to admit their mistakes”.