Lobbying

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“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”

–     Otto Van Bismarck, (1871 – 1890), German statesman who led the unification of Germany in 1871 and for who the German battleship Bismarck was named

Even for me, today’s Daily Diff is a bit of a structural stretch…bear with me, your Honor!

Ever have trouble connecting the DD’s title, quote, and direction?  Good.  The blog started out 15 years ago as the Daily Direction, then through re-branding as the Daily Direcxion and it’s been The Diff for nigh on eight years now, but I digress.

Let me build my case.  It’s an election year, and I started to research how often candidates were lying (both parties candidates), and it turns out it’s only when they speak, or happen to be awake, in total about 76% of the time.  So, I shifted my exhaustive research, and tested it against my father’s often stated theory on life.  “Everyone on earth is stupid,except for me and you” he used to say, pointing an index finger in my direction, “and I’m starting to worry about you!”

That led me to my all-purpose, Presidential Election vision statement:  “If you want the job, you’re not mentally stable enough to have it!”

We could have sworn you recently posted, “no partisan political messages on any social media…”

And, you’re correct, I did.  My point here is that the same reason so many weak leaders are in business might be driving so many whackadoodles into the political arena.

Why has this become true? (And give me a break, if you’re awake and modestly intelligent, it rings true on some level…)  Why are we in the most embarrassing condition in the history of our Republic?*  (By the way, it’s not a Democracy, it’s a Democratic Republic…look it up!)  What is the reason that we’re so dorfed up at work, in Washington and every Tuesday between now and that Tuesday after which nothing will change except the political ads — (wait, that’s worth looking forward to!)?

Lobbying.

Yeah, one side says they’re really bad and has a ton of them, and the other side says they’re really bad and has two tons of them.  How does it work?

“Hello, candidate Unlimited Ego, my name is Lotsa.  Lotsa Rich-Backers.  I’m hyphenated, because my mama was really, really Rich, and that got daddy Lotsa backers, and there you have it, my first name was settled!  There’s no need for you to check with your constituents, or read any of those heavy, fact-based position-papers.  If you’ll co-author and back this here bi-partisan legislation I wrote naming Hooey McPhooey as the official provider of Hooey for America’s organic farms, we’ll invest $100 gazillion in building cell towers in between every house in your home town so your nephew can play Fortnite really, really fast.”

How does it affect me in my job over here at Local Cool Corporation?

If your culture is healthy it doesn’t.  That said, if Local Cool has more than about 20 employees, there is probably some lobbying going on.

Maxwell teaches us that “leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.”  The minute influence becomes for-sale, either via personal intimacy, pork-barrel policy selling, Packers Tickets, dinners at Simon’s, a starting spot for your kid or admission into a great university the whole thing breaks down.

Leadership is influence, and in healthy companies, influence grows from wisdom, experience, listening, execution and servant-hood.

If you’re a leader, how does Local Cool measure up?  If you’re a job-seeker, how attractive will Local Cool be when they “nail it?”

What if you’re still confusing me, Heston?  You’re usually a lot more direct than this, pal…

Lobbying sucks.  It’s the root of commercial problems, governing problems and relationship problems. I know some lobbyists who are spectacular human beings, ethical in their work and compelling transfer-ers of belief.  I’d want every one of them to work for me, or I’d work for them.  They represent, unofficially, 44% of all lobbyists. If we use their powers for good in commerce, politics will matter less and less, and government will be forced to find honest people to serve the country.  If we don’t get a grip on the current state of lobbying, we’ll all be in someone else’s lobby, interviewing for a job that’s probably already been promised to someone in the lobbyists’ family.

Melodramatic?  Maybe.  I’ve seen lots of lobbying in hallways and boardrooms — and I’ve seen companies that discourage it up to and including firing the “meeting-after-the-meeting” lobbying types.  That last group, that’s where people go to work if they want to make a difference.

 

 

 


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