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Video: Be a leader, not an obstructionist from “A Year of Leadership”

May 28th, 2014

Leadership obstructionist

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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“Obstructionism — getting in the way of things — should not be accepted at any level. There’s an old statement that says, “Lead. Follow or Get the Hell out of the Way!” and you know what, this is something we really need to start living by. I see so much today.  You can look to our current, you know, passage of the stimulus bill in the Congress and our budget crisis here in California and you can see people who, for whatever reason, are being strictly obstructionists. They’re not presenting any better ideas. They’re not presenting any different ideas. They’re just saying “No!” I think you can look back over the last decade — and where we are now — and see where “No!” has gotten us. Obstructionism has ground us to a halt. To the point where nothing gets done and frankly, another reason why leadership is so important is that people who get things done in the next 10 years are going to be the successful people. But people who are being obstructionist will be seen as being obstructionists and will be minimized — they’ll be bypassed. There is a great quote about the Internet that says, “The Interest senses censorship as — blah-di-blah, whatever word you care to insert there — damage and routes around it. Obstructionists will be seen as damage and they will be routed around. And I am telling you, you should be one of those people routing around the damage of obstructionism. You need to call it out where you see it. You need to identify it to other people and say, “This is merely being obstructionist atitude and we need to get around this because we have to do something. Doing nothing is simply no longer and option. I really want to hammer that home to you. Doing nothing is simply not and option any longer. 

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at

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