I just moved into a new house over the weekend. About the only thing that went our way during the two days of heavy labor and maneuvering very large objects out of tight spaces (yeah, I’m talking about you awkward, heavy washing machine!) was the cable guy transferring our cable to the new digs! Have you ever moved before? If so, what are the chances that the cable is the only thing that goes right? It was that kind of weekend.

Our POD gets picked up at 7:30 am sharp on Saturday before we have had a chance to secure the items inside it or fill it up for that matter. I cut my finger on the serrated edge of the tape gun. We decide to move the heaviest item (tv cabinet) we own to the den on the second floor and risk the lives of my brother and brother-in-law in the process, just so we can hook up the tv and play the Nintendo Wii — only to find that we were all too tired to play. And as the 2 hour window for the cable guy to appear winds down, I think, of course! There’s no way the cable guy shows up on time. So, at 2:30 (half hour late), I am starting to wonder if I got the appointment wrong. Then, enters Rudy. In no more than 45 minutes, he seamlessly had the cable hooked up, the internet running and gave me a $20.00 discount for the installation because he was late — all adding up to me being able to watch this very funny Hillary ‘08 spoof video this morning on the series of tubes we call the internet!

In the video, a faux campaign manager, Sean shakes up the staff a bit with some new ideas and perspectives on the candidate. I couldn’t help but think back to the Corporate Communicators Conference I was at last week. The unofficial mantra of the event seemed to be, “Give ‘em what they want!” If campaigns actually gave voters what they wanted, we might actually be able to get this country moving behind a united vision again. But instead, these campaigns consistently take the safe route — just like our executives do. And we let them! We let them get away with corporate-speak. We let them tell us that employees can’t be given the freedom to use social networking tools because it will be a time-waster. We let them tell us that employees can’t be trusted to blog about critical business issues, because of the risk of breaking confidentiality. All the while, employees are dying for a richer exchange about the business with their leaders and colleagues.

Now, I was never a John McCain fan, but remember when he used to be the engineer of the “Straight Talk Express”? Who got to that guy — the campaign gurus of the Republican party? Don’t give in to the party operative when it comes to coaching your executives on how to engage employees. Give ‘em the “Straight Talk Express.” Give ‘em what they want!

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