Friday, February 17, 2012
Tid Bits of Widsom: Lessons From The House Floor
Public praise and private censure are the best policy. I have watched some Legislators publicly criticize the body or their colleagues. There is no faster way to lose favor (and support for your ideas) than to make this a regular practice. Admonishment is best handled privately. This advice applies to Legislators as well as most other leadership position including bosses, parents, managers ect. In contrast, public praise is always an excellent way to build moral, garner support, and move forward in a positive manner.
I learned long ago that email can be a real detriment to relationships when written in anger. This week several lobbyists burned their bridge when sending untruthful information about legislators whom voted against their wishes. Also, I watched a colleague react poorly to a conversation that did not end the way he wanted. He overreacted and those actions later negatively affected bills he wanted to pass. Proper restraint is necessary to maintain the relationships which are the key to our own success.
This year's Session has been much more enjoyable in many ways. One thing I have chosen to do differently this year is to minimize my attendance at after-hours social gatherings. Instead, I have headed home to spend time with wife and kids. That has been good for both me and the family.