“In the political economy, the human relationship is the true currency,” I said at a recent political meeting.Â If I can inculcate one simple principle or idea to campaigns, companies or organizations:Â Â it is the job of every volunteer and team member to make sure no one stands alone.
Relationships matter.Â I say it a lot.Â Most people have felt on the outside of something.Â Most of us have walked into a room singing, “One of these things is not like the other..” to ourselves.Â We watch people huddled together.. clearly knowing each other.
I go to a lot of meetings where I do not know anyone.Â I am often surprised by how little people talk to folks they do not know.Â They name tag surf… looking for someone important or worth talking to.Â Maybe it isn’t that- maybe people are just shy.
I am.Â The point of this blog is simple:Â if a campaign really wants to get their candidate elected make a new rule.Â NO ONE stands alone.Â Make it the job of every employee, volunteer and the candidate to never let a person stand on the periphery.Â Make sure they feel included.
It will make a difference.Â For everyone.