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Finding the Leaders of Tomorrow

Dear Editor,


Many of the religious people I know could be leaders of tomorrow. With a few tweaks. Here are a few tweaks focused on negotiating with local representative government members:

Maybe its about being able to convince. The right people in committees and board meetings are those who need to be convinces in lots of cases. The right people being those who have authority to change the policies. Are the right people to negotiate with. My experience with committees and boards taught me to communicate about “perceived unfair” policies. Then educate on how those policies may negatively impact a specific demographic. Then educate on how those policies can be modified to benefit all demographics. That is usually welcomed.

Diversity brings strength is almost a universal fact accepted in California, by the intelligent & non-money-eating-public-servants. Try it out. What do you have to lose? Compose your next three arguments around this premise. Committee and board workers are busy, and they love good presentations which present diversity based solutions, not just “perceived problems.”

The workers I know welcome diversity. If you have a cogent argument and a little legal (gravy on the side) documentation to support the argument–you are likely to surprised by the outcome. Same time communicating deductively with facts on the scenario and implications on future through presentation without legal reasoning, but with moral reasoning is also a next best plan of action.

Remember to state the suggestion solution. This means, your team, group, or whoever you are representing in this negotiation, has to already have come to a consensus on atleast three alternate options. Below are best practices, I would use when creating a board or committee presentation about “perceived unfairness” in policies.

  • Create a PowerPoint presentation or google slides presentation white background, black text, no images graphs, and any metrics included in presentation in a handout
  • State the current scenario
  • State the implications of that scenario
  • State the solution
  • Focus on policies
    • acknowledge what legal policies do exist
    • state what legal policies do not exist
    • state pending actions to pass policies in state or federal legislature
  • Be courtesy and not declarative

In closing, religion is my favorite tool for removing bigotry from people’s minds, and replacing that bigotry with love. If religious leaders have found a way to do this within their religious beliefs, they are likely to have virtuous character. They are likely to be leading the development of virtuous character in the community. Virtuous characters are needed for leading movements, or just for closing out a negotiation with a city board. You may not always win, but when you play with my best practices you will learn enough along the way–to the point that you redefine what winning really is. Winning is about love, but if you are a bigot, you may not see that yet.

— Daniel Davenport, Alameda

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