by Ron Nehring in the Flashreport
State Republican committees across the country are electing new leaders and Republicans are looking for those who will lead the party to victory in 2014.
It’s helpful for interested Republicans to understand just what a party Chairman can control and influence so that expectations can be realistic and two years from now people can accurately judge whether the new Chairman has been successful.
Put another way, if you’re going to measure success, you need the right ruler.
There are many ways to judge a Chairman’s tenure, and most of the popular metrics are absolutely wrong.
A party chairman, like any other leader, can be held accountable only for performance in those areas under the chairman’s control. It’s neither fair nor accurate to gauge a chairman’s success by developments – good or bad – that he cannot directly influence.
The most common erroneous measurement of a party chairman’s success is whether he “won elections.” It’s a common mistake based on an assumption that a party chairman controls far more than he really does.
by Ron Nehring
In business and politics, the difference between growth and decline can often be traced to differences in culture.
Good executives understand this, which is why in highly competitive environments like Silicon Valley, CEO’s and their leadership teams expend enormous resources creating the kind of culture where people, and the company, can excel.
Politics isn’t dominated by people who have gone to the political equivalent of business school to learn the importance of a corporate culture. Campaigns and political parties are led by politicians and volunteers, creating a premium on sharing ideas and best practices among leaders. Degrees in political science and government have more to do with learning about the legislative process and federalism than building and leading successful organizations.
Strategy is most alluring facet of corporate and political campaigns. Most politicos who manage to get on cable TV news programs take on the title of “strategist.” No one wants to be the “manager,” “organizer” or “communications director.” In politics, strategy is sexy.
Strategy is important. But campaigns and organizations put themselves at a disadvantage when they fail to equally value three other facets: organization, communications, and infrastructure. These components are necessary to move a strategy from theory to practice.
Organization is the structuring and population of groups of people and resources. Organization requires management, leadership, lines of authority, accountability, people, money, improvement cycles, and more. This doesn’t sound very cool in a Fox News interview, but it’s vital for being able to harness people and money and channel these resources into action.
The Republican Party’s highest priority following the 2012 election must be the building of a governing majority that can successfully put Republican ideas into action to the benefit of all Americans.
Such a strategy can be summed up this way: Think Majority.
Thoughts precede action, and so to take actions necessary to become a majority first requires an internal commitment to build upon what we have accomplished, to reach people who are not yet with us, and to successfully persuade many of them to trust our party to lead.
Actions have consequences, and an opportunity deficit in California is driving an increasing number of Californians to move out of state. Their top destinations: Texas, Arizona, and Nevada.
The Manhattan Institute’s Tom Gray and Robert Scardamalia performed an exhaustive analysis of available data to examine the causes and nature of what is being called the California Exodus.
One might wonder how an exodus can be taking place when California’s total population is rising or stable. The only reason the state’s population has not fallen in real terms since 2000 is immigration from other countries. Net domestic migration (people moving within the United States) continues to be negative for California.