Here are some of mine for some of our leaders in politics. The next column will cover the same for some of our leaders in tech.
- Donald Trump: an extra beat. Trump won the election. He has the right to his views and his team. But the scope and impact of the decisions he'll make and the issues he'll confront will easily swamp anything he's ever faced before in business, real estate or his campaign. Just being able to pause an extra moment before speaking, tweeting and acting to first truly consider what he's doing, what he's being advised, what makes sense and what it all means would go a very long way.
- Hillary Clinton: some perspective. Despite losing the election, Hillary can still go down in history as a important leader and trailblazer. But the more she keeps blaming everyone else for her loss, the more she reinforces everything people don't like about her in the first place. Some time off, some perspective and a view towards her legacy would do her - and at this point, all of us - a lot of good.
- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell: the long view. Congressional Republicans have spent the last eight years focused mainly on politics, optics and positioning. Now they have the chance to govern. Do something with it beyond just throwing red meat at the base and pointing fingers at the Democrats. Take the issues you truly believe in and craft thoughtful legislation that puts those views into workable public policy. Think about your legacy. Think about how you want to shape the world beyond today's news cycle or tomorrow's election.
- Nancy Pelosi: a well deserved retirement. The entire political paradigm was turned on its head this fall. The practices and policies of the party were rejected. It's time to step aside and give someone else a chance to take the House Democrats in a new direction.
- Chuck Schumer: the judgment to know when to fight and when to cooperate. This isn't easy because the base will be screaming for a fight on every issue, every bill, and every nomination. If Chuck wants to be part of more than just clever Beltway politics, he'll have to know when to listen and when to ignore his friends and plow forward.
- The U.S Supreme Court: a ninth member. Four justices will probably like their new colleague. Four probably will not. Either way, Justice Scalia died ten months ago. The Republicans should have confirmed Garland and the Democrats should not just blindly filibuster whoever Trump nominates. This is silly and it needs to end.
- The Obama administration: a thank you. They achieved some things. Failed at others. Some of their ideas were great. Others were not. But we've had eight years without too many major scandals (and really none reaching the White House), the economy has seen some gains (employment, the market), and we're not enmeshed in new major wars, so all in all, hats off to the many people who worked hard for the last eight years.
- Bill de Blasio: some genuine love for his city. The new scandals unearthed by the New York Daily News only add to the constant drumbeat of scandals, corruption investigations and dysfunction. If de Blasio truly loves New York City, he'll recognize it deserves a Mayor who isn't under seven different federal corruption investigations and step aside.
Perhaps none of these wishes will be heeded and none will come true. But as we head into a very uncertain 2017, a little extra patience, judgement, care, perspective, thoughtfulness and integrity by all of our leaders would make the year ahead a lot more reassuring for us all.