MORTON BLACKWELLS GUIDE TO THE LAWS OF THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS:

16 Dec

MORTON BLACKWELLS GUIDE TO  THE LAWS OF THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS

1                    Never give a bureaucrat a chance to say no

2                    Don’t fire all your ammunition at once

3                    Don’t get mad except on purpose

4                    Effort is admirable. Achievement is valuable

5                    Make them steal more expensive than it is worth

6                    Give ‘em a title and get ‘em involved

7                    Expand the leadership

8                    You cant beat a plan with no plan

9                    Political technology determines political success

10               Sound doctrine is sound politics

11               In politics you have to keep your word and your friends. Go back on either and  you are dead

12               Keep your eye on the main chance. Don’t stop to kick every barking dog

13               Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good

14               Remember the other guy has troubles too

15               Don’t treat good guys like you treat bad guys

16               A well run movement takes care of its own

17               Hire at least as many to the right of you as to the left of you

18               You cant save the world if you cant pay the rent

19               All gains are incremental. Some increments aren’t gains

20               A stable movement requires a healthy reciprocal IOU flow among its participants. Don’t keep a careful tally

21               An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness

22               Never miss a political meeting if you think there’s the slightest chance you will wish you had been there

23               In volunteer politics, a builder can build faster than a destroyer can destroy

24               Actions have consequences

25               The mind can absorb no more than the seat can endure

26               Personnel is policy

27               Remember it is a long ball game

28               The test of moral ideas is moral results

29               You cant beat somebody with nobody

30               Better a snake in the grass than a viper in your bosom

31               Don’t fully trust anyone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw he was losing

32               A prompt generous letter of thanks can seal a commitment which otherwise might disappear when the going gets rough

33               Governing is campaigning by different means

34               You cannot make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends

35               Choose your enemies carefully as you choose your friends

36               Keep a secure home base

37               Don’t rely on being given anything you don’t ask for

38               In politics, nothing moves unless it is pushed

39               Winners aren’t perfect. They make fewer mistakes than their rivals

40               One big reason is better than many little reasons

41               In moments of crisis, the initiative passes to those who are best prepared

42               Politics is of the heart as well as of the mind. Many people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

43               Promptly report your action to the one who requested it

44               Moral outrage is the most powerful motivating force in politics

45               Pray as if all depended on God. Work as if it all depended on you

 Morton C Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute

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