You know presidential politics is turning into an entertaining circus when even your 11-year-old kids are watching the GOP debates.
That's what happened a week ago when my twin boys were glued to the television set, bemused by the spitfire snapping between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Watching the debate reminded me why I've grown fond of this election season, politics aside. While some might be embarrassed that this is the face we're showing the world, I've found some of the moments we've witnessed quite reassuring and confidence-boosting. Here's a list of five reasons why:
1. The customer is always right. Despite big money and big politics, the people are being heard. They're angry, frustrated and fed up. Where once it seemed the voiceless had no say, it appears in this election season there's enough of them to count. The candidates who they're backing might seem bizarre or incongruous with past elections, but in the end, the voter (customer) gets what he or she wants.
2. The powerful are vulnerable, too. Watching Hillary Clinton's wobbly candidacy reminds me that no matter how powerful or "anointed" a person may seem, he or she still has to work very hard to succeed. Nothing beats pound-the-pavement work, no matter how high level one gets. There is no such thing as inevitability. A welcome reminder for anyone in business not to take any success for granted.
3. Great communication skills really matter. Rubio seemed to nail Trump in the last debate over his lack of plan specifics when it comes to healthcare reform. Fair point, but up until then, Trump has been skating to the top largely on his impressive communications skills. Remember when you take any public stage, how you look and how you say something is almost as-or more-important as what you say.
4. Diversity counts. There was one moment on stage last week when it was pointed out that two of the top contenders for the GOP nomination are Hispanic. At one point, Ben Carson, an African American surgeon, was in the lead. Hillary Clinton is fighting for all women. It's nice to see that presidential politics is beginning to look a little more like America itself.
5. Everyone makes mistakes. Trump has put his foot in his mouth on several occasions (the latest involving the white supremacist David Duke). Clinton is still trying to dig out of her own email mess. Cruz fired his communications chief for dirty campaigning. Basically, everyone-even those who seem to be winning-make mistakes. Not everyone makes those mistakes on a national stage. It's reassuring to note that you can win-or at least be on your way to winning-and still stumble into mistakes. You just hope none of them are career ending.
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