This week's line of the week belongs to New York Times pundit Tom Friedman. While making the case that health care was Obama's biggest foreign policy achievement because it showed countries around the globe that he had the power & authority to get something significant done even against political tides, he noted that other countries have a mixed view of the US. According to Friedman, we are viewed as an "indispensable nation" which to them is both a blessing & a curse because while they sometimes complain about too much American power, he highlights the result of too little. Friedman said:
"...they are not stupid. They know that a weak America is like a world with no health insurance — and a lot of pre-existing conditions..."
As always, Friedman is spot on about America & Obama but this line of thinking is also true in the business world. Even great companies require strong leaders or they will not be nearly as successful. The best example of this is Apple: with Steve Jobs, it's a powerhouse of innovation & business but without him it was a very ordinary company.