An Obama Selfie, Zuma Boos and a Fake Interpreter: Life is full of side shows, focus on the main show

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This week 3 events threatened to become the main show at Mandela’s funeral – the President Obama selfie, the fake “Interpreter” and the President Zuma booing. It was lost on the media that while Obama was caught getting himself a picture, his moving speech was by far an outstanding portrait of Mandela. While an interpreter failed to make meaningful signs as the speeches were being read, this should have never become big news – Mandela is the real and eloquent deal…his life needs no interpreter. I still can’t get over the fact that South Africans chose the occasion of Mandela’s funeral to boo their President. When we publicly humiliate our leaders we ruin their confidence and diminish their capacity to lead. This is not my point but I had to say it! Booing President Zuma was out of place on a day when there should have been cheers for Mandela.

Lessons to ponder about:

1. Never let a side show become the main show
2. People always criticize because it makes them feel better and bigger
3. The one with the ball is the one who is marked. Keep playing!
4. Criticism is meant to diminish so learn to replenish your confidence

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2 comments

  1. Really??? “When we publicly humiliate our leaders we ruin their confidence and diminish their capacity to lead.” ???
    So basically you are assuming that there was a capacity to lead in the first place? Is there any evidence of it?
    I do, however, agree with the fact that the side show should be exactly that… But not the people booing made it the main event, but the beloved press, who’d do anything for a quick sell…
    Better remind them, than the people, who have a right and the obligation to make their opinion heard…
    Madiba would probably have been the first to defend them… Just a thought… 🙂

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