NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF “YOUR WORLD”: I want to play a game of "let's pretend."
Pretend you work at a company.
And your boss is angry.
Actually he's very angry.
The numbers are looking bad.
Sales are soft and they’re getting worse.
And now the big guy wants you in his office pronto.
He asks how you're going to turn things around.
And he wants specifics.
And he wants them now.
Now it's been years, after all. He's angry. And now...you're sweating.
So...you stammer out something like this:
"Well, chief, I think we just stay the course."
"We’re moving in the right direction, and I think if we keep going in that direction, things will get better."
"Oh, probably the second half of this year big guy," that’s what you say.
"Second half of this year," he screams. "What the hell is going to change in the second half of this year?!"
"All the stuff me and my team have been working on, sir. That’s what’s going to change. We're all absolutely convinced it kicks in probably this fall. Just you wait."
Now the boss is fuming...veins are popping out of his head. I think he's even shaking.
"Do you mean to tell me, your solution is just hang in there?”
"Well," you answer, "Kinda, sir...just trust us on this one. I think we're on the right track."
The boss gets right into your face now.
"Right track? Right track!!! The same track you've been on for more than two years now? That track? Is that the track you’re talking about? The one that hasn't been going anywhere. The one that took lousy sales and made them lousier sales, and bad morale and made it worse morale? Is "that" track?!! Is "that" the track you're talking about????!!!"
You meekly whisper back..."Ummmm...That'd be the track, all right."
Now the boss loses it.
"No, that'd "not" be the track. That’ll never be the track!!"
"Are you keeping track of what I’m saying, idiot?!!"
Which is bad because you really shouldn’t call people names.
"You don't get it...so just get out."
Now it hits you, you’ve just been fired...maybe I should have said something different.
But it's too late.
You're out because you never figured it out.
Repeating the same mistakes and thinking you'd get different results.
And you’ve got the boss mad.
And now you're out of a job.
Good thing this is all pretend, right?
Because I hear bosses really can be that tough.
And you know what else I hear?
In the real world...voters can be even tougher.