I recently returned from a business trip to India and I am deeply moved by what I have seen of the people and what I see as the future of that nation. I am also inspired to look at the America I know, and to offer my thoughts about what it is we have to learn from what is happening over there. I am clear that at least once in American history, we were a nation much like they are now: proud to be who we are, anxious for the opportunity to learn more and to work harder and willing to do what it takes. We were a nation where innovation was the rule and created new opportunities constantly.
From the people I met in India I regained a connection to what it takes to become a great nation, a global leader. None of this is intended to exalt India or its people as if they have no problems, nor is it intended to put down the US, but to offer a critical look at the patterns of thought and behavior that have move people, organizations, nations forward and some that don’t.