|"Must" Rules for Political Survival|
- Issues are not important - the process is.
- Political communication has direct and indirect messages - indirect is the most important.
- There are no permanent friends - or permanent enemies.
- Keep your friends close - your enemies closer.
- Never surprise your friends.
- Politics is full of male humor (sarcasm, put downs, snide remarks, etc.) - Don't be offended.
- Politics is a "chit economy" - not dollars, programs, kids.
- Claim credit covertly and give it away overtly.
- Take credit in the backroom - "strokes to self" are self-serving.
- Always trust the grapevine; not the official channels.
- Politics ain't bean bag - it's not an easy game.
- Politics are full of paradoxes with polarity - don't fool yourself.
- You must work with the resistance - a bigger hammer isn't the answer.
- Loyalty can't be bought - a loyal and expert paradox always exists.
- Conflict leads to collaboration - "good fences make good neighbors."
- Anguish is a part of leadership - you know too much.
- Try to understand behavior outside of the context of the issue - know the person.
- Gain the ability to use the appropriate behavior to get the job done - it's not wrong to walk on the football field in a baseball uniform - it's stupid.
- A good politician works with the persuadable.
- Triangulate - never do anything directly when you can do it another way.
Lobbying in a Changing Time - Using the Internet to Effect Change
Presented at the 1998 American College of Nurse Practitioners Summit,
Creating Our Future: Taking Action
Judy Collins, RNC, MS, OGNP, FAAN