Effective laws derive from an instinct to survive. Moral
behavior is survival behavior in human relationship systems. We offer
coaching and training on resolving emotional problems, building
healthy relationships - and on remaining resourceful during a
crisis - while maintaining your ethical standards.
Wisdom is not additive; its maximum is that of the wisest
man in a given group. Wise politicians use quality communication skills
to quickly gain rapport with a wide variety of people, and to
communicate powerfully to large numbers of people. Can you do this?
Remember that denial seems to lower your IQ.
Rank is mostly people's beliefs
that you hold it.
You must learn quickly - don't wait for second chances.
Learn slowly, and by the time you get a second chance, you
may be too late to make a difference - or too old to care.
You are unlikely to solve problems by ignoring them. But who
can ou trust to strengthen your vulnerabilities?
Reputation is what other people
know about you.
Honor is what you know about yourself.
Important skills include
speaking with microphones, dressing and speaking for media interviews
and communicating through newspapers and the internet. We
coach people to communicate dignity and leadership, specifically:
- Improve political leadership
- Build powerful political alliances
- Understand your desire for public service
- Use your emotions during political campaigns
- Serve with awareness, expressing your passions
We can coach you to improve your political
skills and to develop your agenda.
Values, Ethics & Etiquette in Politics
What is important to you? Why do you want to mobilize voters
to support your interests, concerns and goals? Why do you want to
formulate political and policy agendas, select candidates, conduct
election campaigns and monitor the work of elected representatives?
Do you anticipate bribes?
Is a honest politician one who stays bought?
Whatever you say, your actions will say it louder.
Do you work for power, prestige and money - or is your effort to
support your vision of community, municipal, or regional leadership? We
can coach you to better know your values and then to communicate them.
There go your people! Hurry and catch up
with them, for you are their leader!
Learn to show an abundance of good cheer, enthusiasm, empathy
and sanity. Do you require coaching in etiquette? Some people
can be quite stuffy about your using their correct titles,
especially if their only qualities are their ancestors.
Don't write your own Public Relations
(PR) material ...
and don't believe your own PR material!
Patterns of Political Power
Wherever you live, you, your voters and your environment
are changing - in more or less predictable ways. We can help you assess
and predict important patterns, and to examine how you can effectively
communicate your values and rules to eight types of people ... with eight sets of values:
- Survival - Food shelter and basic resources
- nothing else is important
- Tribal - Traditions, culture and
superstitions - trusting and obedient workers
- Egotistic - Power, respect and dominance
- rapid ego gratification
- Establishment - Security, stability and responsibility - ethnocentric
- Corporate - Success, money and possessions - materialistic and acquisitive
- Community - Communities and helping
professions - idealistic but inefficient
- Systemic - Creating effective systems and
networking - multi-competent
- Global - Global survival, ecosystems and
anti-industry - dedicated
We can help you define and clearly state your values -
in ways that appeal to the dominant values of these eight
groups of potential voters.
How can you
give away power ... and still keep it?
Politicians mediate the relationship between groups of
citizens and their government. Democratic political parties
pressure governments to respond to the needs and interests of
their citizens. Authoritarian political parties direct and
condition the behavior of their citizens to suit their own
The name of your party should reflect the primary or dominant
values of potential voters. Sometimes an oxymoron can please
two groups (e.g. the popular Progressive Conservative
party in Canada).
The traditional reward for
a job well done is a harder job.
Internal & External Leadership
Power isn't nearly as all-powerful as it may seem from the
outside. Internal political parties develop around leaders with
power within a government. These leaders recruit party members and
supporters to neutralize the efforts of another party or to gain that
party's cooperation in the pursuit of goals that require broad support.
Leadership often requires controlling
imagination, especially in a crisis.
External political parties can be developed around leaders
who lack power within a government. External leaders may recruit popular
support among disaffected groups. (External political parties created many
social-democratic, socialist, communist and fascist parties.)
If fame eludes you, notoriety may suffice.
Politicians often avoid saying what they believe or know to be
true. Rather, they say things to win favor with the public; to keep rival
politicians off their back and to stay in office. They often lie.
The most effective political campaigns are by trusted people
who motivate other people to vote for you. If you can't win, change the game.
Behavior that is rewarded is usually repeated ... but how will you motivate the
Power is energy applied to work.
power is often an illusion
... and so is political weakness.
If you act like a spider in the center of a web, pulling
all the strings, one day the other parties may converge back along their
strings ... and catch you. And should you be concerned about strings - they may
disintegrate. We can coach you to increase the effectiveness of
- Build a reputation by publishing, public speaking, interviews, etc.
- Play to your strengths - let others play to
- Are satisfied voters referring
potential voters to your agenda?
- If so, show your appreciation ...
can you promote their agenda?
- If not, can you give them some other incentives?
- Be in places where you meet people who ask questions.
- Develop good short answers for common questions.
Resist the urge to tell interesting lies, excuses, promises
and stories to people who do
not require rationality and sobriety, as more intelligent people will also hear you.
No good deed goes unpunished
Decisions, Diplomacy & Committees
Although most decisions are made with good intentions,
terrible consequences can follow the best of intentions. Good intentions can
lead to bad decisions. What evil ever started without good
intentions? It seems easy to transmute golden decisions into leaden consequences.
Diplomacy is seen as a way to extend peace, yet diplomacy is
often an extension of war. Alliances come and go, and today's enemy may be
yesterday's (and tomorrow's) friend. Although some wars project or protect the
ego of leaders, most wars are over the control of resources such as land, food,
water and energy.
Not trusting anyone can make you helpless.
Know who you can trust, as well as who you cannot.
The difference between truth and lies
is often a committee vote. While committees can be slow and sometimes
make bland or even stupid decisions, committees can make you - and break you.
Ten stab wounds in the back
... such a terrible suicide!
Mark Anthony, following the assassination of Julius Caesar by a committee
Expect to be attacked by rivals and by the media.
You will displease some people by merely existing.
Accept tests as gifts ... and gifts as tests. To
fail a test is a misfortune but to refuse a test is worse, and often
more irrevocable, than misfortune. If you accept a gift - accept it publicly.
Your words can reflect your
while showing people that you support their values.
Your words will be used against you.
Counseling & Soulwork Therapy
Bonus tip: Acknowledge and redirect
ideas requiring unwanted action. "Good idea! Bring me data to support it," or "Good idea!
Form a committee to discuss it," or "Good idea! Run it past the party
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