Lee Iacocca has written a new book, "Where Have All the Leaders Gone". I haven't read it but the excerpts sing a song I have heard at least twice this month, so I feel the need to share.
'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.' Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
Iacocca wonders where our outrage is. Tom Herbek, our Pastor, wrote about using anger as a catalyst for change- to get us to do something to help others. You can't continue "life as normal" today, you just can't. Every where you look there is danger and we need to start doing something about it in our own ways.
Thousands of people are without jobs yet the top ranking officers are all still getting paid their huge salaries
Why were we paying $4 a gallon for gas anyway?
Why do I have to go to the pharmacy to get an over-the-counter drug with pseudonephrine?
Why doesn't our government's budget work like the private sector? Rewarded for coming in under budget, rather than finding ways to spend the extra saved to ensure they get the same amount next time?
Why are we asking Nurses and other direct care providers to work more than a 12 hour shift?
Let's all get angry and outraged by the state of affairs right now. Dig your heads out of the sand and really listen to what is being said and not done. Iacocca also says:
'Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope – I believe in America. In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.
If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action.. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me, believe in America'. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'
I am only asking that you consider that everything is not alright. What can you do to make things better?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.