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One tip from the politicians actually worth keeping – SCN Encourager

By Tom Page, SCN Founder | Election Campaigns , The Encourager

Wow! What a week!

I’m so glad it’s over.

As some of you know, I’ve managed or coordinated more than 125 election campaigns during the last 30 years.

This gives me a goofy perspective.

It shoves me into that tiny group of knuckleheads who actually has a high level of respect for everyone who steps up and risks putting their name on the ballot.

It’s a brave thing to do – to go out there and ask, ask, and ask for support just to give “we the people” a choice on election day.

So I’m grateful for candidates from every party who (along with their families) are willing to take all of the guff that comes their way, blind praise and unfair criticism alike.

Unfortunately, even non-partisan public servants (like our school board trustees) aren’t immune from being the occasional objects of some poor soul’s scorn – so I’m grateful for them, too.

One aspect of the election process I appreciate is that the votes are counted up once the polls close and life goes on.

Or least, in theory…

I like how just a few votes swinging one way or the other can affirm a direction or change it entirely.

A choice is offered and the voters decide.

Because our best political leaders understand this rare dynamic,

they understand that “building consensus” really doesn’t play much of a role in their success at all.

They know there are typically 30-49% of their constituents who are totally opposed to everything they want to achieve.

But no matter.

A new batch of winning political leaders were elected – and if they have any gumption at all – they aren’t about to let the critics slow them down.

They know
(as we should)
that whatever the issue, cause, or initiative:

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME WHO SUPPORT.
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME WHO OPPOSE.
AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME WHO COULD CARE LESS.
SO… JUST KEEP THE FOCUS
ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NEXT.

This is exactly what our best political leaders do.

They avoid needless fretting and inadvertently “over-empowering” their critics and complainers.

And you know, we might want to consider doing the same.

(Of course, it’d be helpful for me personally if I didn’t have so many critics and complainers to contend with, though – and if they all didn’t congregate together in my own house over the holidays!)

But oh well,
I’ll still join you in enjoying a political-ad-free weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Halloween and political campaigns collide (#2) – SCN Encourager

By Tom Page, SCN Founder | The Encourager

Similarity #2 in a fresh fright-filled five-part series

Zombies in search of brains. Politicians need not worry.

Zombies in search of brains. Politicians need not worry.

Yes, I know it’s “Tech Tip Tuesday.”

But since SCN video and podcast expert Jim Camenga made me look like a cheapskate in today’s short video tutorial, I’m not going to give it the usual whopper build-up.

His tutorial deserves one, of course, but my heart’s not in it.

Jim worked hard on it for you.

But the “non-stop” annoyances brought about by the current Halloween and political campaign season have me a bit more thin-skinned about things.

If anyone on the SCN team thinks it’s easy to sneak money out of the shoebox that Cindy hides in our closet, I invite them to try it sometime.

She’s one tough protector of our daughters’ future wedding funds.

But I usually can manage to sneak out some cash… even though scrubbing that exploding bank-bag ink off my hands later always hurts like heck.
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Are we living in scary times or what? – SCN Encourager

By Tom Page, SCN Founder | The Encourager

This week’s upcoming convergence of political campaigning and trick-or-treating boggles the mind.

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 1.42.56 PMThis clown came up to me the other day and I couldn’t even tell if he was asking me for my vote or some candy.

Whoa! We sure are living in the midst of some strange days.

So, in acknowledging the prevailing strangeness all around us, I’ve come up with 5 WAYS POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND HALLOWEEN ARE ALIKE.

The strenuous intellectual exercise involved with this isn’t as worthless as you first might think.

There’s a clear connection between Halloween and political campaigns that can’t be ignored.

(At least I can’t pass it by.)

The connection between the two gives me the opportunity to share some campaign and election gems with you throughout the rest of this week.
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