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Saturday, November 21, 2009

THIS MIGHT HURT: Managerial Wisdom From an Unlikely Source.

A Conservative View Of Political Priorities -- This Could be MANAGERIAL WISDOM From an Unlikely Source...


“Words are Tools; Words are Weapons.” – Douglas Castle

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Please Note: The material which follows was, in part, obtained from the BigThink Newsletter, and no portion of it, or of this article, may be reproduced under any circumstances, with the sole exception of those cases in which 1) the article is reproduced in its entirety, with all references and hyperlinks left "live," and full attribution to all sources, and 2) the article is not being used for commercial or for-profit purposes. Any other use of this material is unauthorized and illegal. Thank you.

Please also be advised that the author, Douglas Castle, is not a member of any political party, and further, that he is not an advocate of the Conservative Party's platform, BigThink's platform, or of Dick Armey's politics, philosophy or views in general.

The unlikely inspiration for this article, Dick Armey, is identified by the author as a conservative republican speaker, with a powerful anti-democratic, anti-liberal, and somewhat xenophobic bias.

But then again, despite this, the Laws of Probability dictate that even a blind hog can occasionally find a truffle in the wintertime. I take good ideas when they are offered -- after considering the source.

- Douglas Castle (

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Conservatism: What Lies Ahead

The release of Sarah Palin's memoir this week marks the latest skirmish in a fierce ideological battle among conservatives. Who will fill the GOP power vacuum and lead conservatism forward? What will this new movement look like? And what's really going on with those "Tea Parties"? We asked politicians and prognosticators, and we're posting their answers all this week in our new series: "The Future of Conservatism."

"Keep Your Mouth Shut" On Social Issues

...And focus, focus, focus on economic policy. It's the advice a mentor once gave former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and it's the advice Armey repeated to today's Republicans in his Big Think interview. He also discussed the Tea Party movement and weighed in on Palin's 2012 chances, accusing John McCain's 2008 campaign team of having potentially "sabotaged" their VP candidate's political future.

Dick Army's BigThink Interview can be watched by clicking on, but be forewarned that you might be in for one of the most tedious 30 minutes of your listening career.

Having said all of this, the following fabulous management and leadership ideas can be gleaned from his otherwise austere, slightly-embittered presentation, and I would strongly advise every leader or manager of any enterprise or entity to read these pointers, and to implement them:

1. You must focus on the most important and pressing issues of the moment, and especially upon those perceived as crucial by your audience. You must be relevant, direct and extraordinarily focused;

2. Avoid discussing your social views, political views, reformist agenda, political ideology, exual preferences and other ideological ideals...they will obscure your focus, distract your audience, and possibly serve to polarize and otherwise united group;

3. Demonstate an understanding of the issues, and state your proposed actions concerning those issues. Avoid empty dogma, and pep rally tactics;

4. Be serious about the issues, and do not minimize them or trivialize them. To do so is to denigrate and despise your audience;

5. Conduct yourself as a manager, a leader and a commander -- address and tackle issues head-on, without waffling or generalizations. Do not allow yourself to be de-railed, or bogged down with questions. You must remain on course, and in control of your presentation and your own impulses to insult or fight back. Be assertive -- do not be hostile or openly aggressive.

6. Be consistent and coherent in your speech. Witty retorts and a great social presence will not instill confidence in your ability to lead -- they will detract. You are not showing comedic wit -- you are demonstrating intelligence, concern, command and a inspired leadership. The vast majority of your audience wants to hear a problem-solving leader, and not just a personality;

7. Translate the issues and your prosposed course of action to the ultimate impact that it will have on the members of your audience personally...real-world, real-time, candidly;

8. Don't campaign negatively against those who are your competitors, opposers, detractors or adversaries. Put your understanding of the issues and your intended actions as a courageous leader first. Slanderous assautlts on the enemy are not powerful enough -- you must be a positive force force for meaningful change where the most pressing issues are concerned.

9. Don't try to be a celebrity - it belittles you and your audience. And worst of all, they will stop taking you seriously and will begin to question your motives for being in (or for seeking) a position of great power and authority.

10. At the end of your presentation, in stacatto fashion, briefly outline the most important issues, what you propose to do about them and give plausible estimated timeframes if possible. End with a positive "Now, let's down to the serious business of taking positive action and moving aggressively ahead in the right direction. Always end on the positive


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