DALLAS–Each of the 2012 Presidential candidates have finished laying out their case for winning the most important job in the US and the world: The President of the United States of America, (POTUS). All that is left now is for ‘we the people’ to decide who to vote for.
“The candidates have generated considerable popular enthusiasm with their base and the wooing of the critical undecided segment; however, successful businesses never hire leaders based on popularity,” said Don Tuttle, a Managing Partner at Top Gun Ventures.
If we were to judge the political candidates using the same methodology that executive search firms use to pick top performing CEOs and executives, what might it reveal and given the unprecedented difficulties ahead how do the 2012 Presidential candidates compare with the best presidents of the past such as Washington, Kennedy and Reagan?
In a paper from Top Gun Ventures, How Do Today’s Presidential Candidates Stack Up Against The Best Presidents Of The Past?, the “search selection criteria profile” for the President was laid out just as it would be for a corporate job. Ten key criteria appear on the profile, including, has the ear of the people, able to influence Congress to pass legislation, manage the economy and act as commander-in-chief.
Simply put, we need a Top Performer for the most important job in the US and the world.
Top Gun Ventures rated 3 past proven Top Performer Presidents to set the bar for the current Presidential candidates to rise above and provide us with a high level of confidence that they will be able to get the job done and move the country forward.
The past Top Performing Presidents selected were George Washington from a historical perspective, John F. Kennedy as the Democrat’s choice and Ronald Reagan as the Republican’s choice. After rating all 3, the bar for Presidential Top Performers was set at an 83% fit for the role.
How Do Today’s Presidential Candidates Stack Up Against The Best Presidents Of The Past?
The Top Gun Ventures paper provides a ‘POTUS Selection Criteria Checklist’ to rate your preferred candidate and see how they match up against past proven Top Performer Presidents and the other candidates on the ticket.
“For those critical undecided voters, who have not been convinced by any of the candidates rhetoric, the POTUS Selection Criteria and evaluation against past proven Top Performer Presidents should help them to make a sound ‘evidenced based’ decision in the same way that Boards and CEOs pick their top executives in the business world,” said Peter Donovan, a Managing Partner at Top Gun Ventures.
Additionally, as in business, once you have a new CEO in place it is important to start grooming a pool of succession candidates. This comparison with past proven Top Performing Presidents will highlight the common shortcomings with our current talent pool of Presidential candidates so that you can start to identify and help develop your future candidate of choice for 2016/2020.
For details reporters can download, How Do Today’s Presidential Candidates Stack Up Against The Best Presidents Of The Past? at http://topgunventures.com/potus-checklist-2012.pdf or call Peter Donovan or Donald Tuttle at 972.980.1616.
About Top Gun Ventures
Top Gun Ventures (www.topgunventures.com) is a premier global executive search firm with offices in Austin, Boston, Dallas, Palo Alto and St. Louis and partners in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Top Gun Ventures specializes in recruiting proven ‘Game-Changing’ executives that can lead our clients to the endgame, making their financial goals and business vision a reality.
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