Philadelphia has a big heart. Professional athletes like Bryce Harper and Jalen Hurts feel it while playing. Mega his stars like Boss and Jay-Z feel it when they perform here. This very human heart in the character of the city throbs when you win big together. Pure energy comes from an all-now atmosphere. “Go Birds” are now an acceptable way to interact with strangers.
What if the manifest forces of brotherhood and sisterhood permeated the civil and political sphere even more than they do now?
recently Method TRUE run the city On an episode of the podcast, former mayor Michael Nutter said politics attracts the best and the worst. This listener, his co-host, and guest all agreed: How is this true?
In my experience, the worst types of politicians have motivations rooted in egos and extrinsic rewards.this person is manager Ego, career, ambition, brand. The best types of politicians have motivations rooted in higher purpose and serving the common good.this person is leader Those who choose the common good even when the tough decisions threaten their careers.
All political races compete for power, but they need cooperation to govern well.
It is difficult for most voters to know who a candidate really is. All candidates say they love people, service and the common good. No candidate says, “I am a selfish person.” And honestly, every candidate needs a healthy ego to even run for office.
In addition, the Philadelphia mayoral election attracts aspirants. There will be light and heat from across the country as domestic political figures pay more attention to battleground states. Purple Pennsylvania is in the thick of the national power map. Independent spending, aka “dark money” and state institutions will support, engage, fund and influence this race. Influencing the direction of the Democratic Party across the United States, the voter-heavy Southeast he could rule Pennsylvania’s media market for the next eight years: the next mayor of Philadelphia.
Technology is shifting the world from an era of competition to an era of collaboration. But political norms seem to be caught in the wheels of excessive competition. All political races compete for power, but they need cooperation to govern well. The skills required to be elected are somewhat different than those currently required for influential governance.
sincerity works well with others
Candidates identify themselves and compete fiercely to build a foundation When spread their charm. The current field of mayors is a sizable cast of characters vying for the hearts of donors, volunteers and media.
Can one candidate more fully differentiate themselves and compete to win? When Can you be the chief collaborator we need? A team captain as humble as Jalen Hurts and as ambitious as Bryce Harper?
Note, however, that when an elected leader “cooperates,” it’s often a show. The first is the announcement of the collaboration. Several meetings are then held where “important” people (a.k.a. political allies) are declared present. Perhaps an article and a few tweets about key figures having important discussions in important rooms. Often this is fake news aimed at hopeful voters who want genuine and continued cooperation to make a real difference. It takes years to make ends meet, and even when it finally yields results, it doesn’t always make the news.
If a candidate openly and viciously denounces a detractor as an “adversary,” that candidate will have a hard time working with or successfully negotiating with other leaders.
How can voters know who TRUE Does it work well with others? Here are his three ideas.
- Think about how the candidate built and broke relationships with fellow leaders. Leaders who do not answer the mayor are critical to the mayor’s success. For example, he is responsible for public safety, schools, transportation, and utilities.The next mayor must cooperate adjacent School districts, Harrisburg, Washington DC, businesses large and small, surrounding counties, local civic groups, SEPTA, universities, district attorneys, city council leaders. It takes a village.
- Find out how candidates typically deal with people they disagree with. If a candidate openly and viciously denounces a detractor as an “adversary,” that candidate will have a hard time working with or successfully negotiating with other leaders.
- Try working with candidates now. Host home parties and volunteers to see how candidates and staff work with regular voters.
True collaboration is essential. You can have a cast of characters doing political drama— again Leaders actually solve problems and make people’s lives better.
Consider, for example, the worst gun violence incident in history and the (often associated) illegal trade in Kensington, a major distribution hub on the East Coast.District Attorney, Police Commissioner, Mayor, City Council, Police Fraternity all need to work together and With State and Federal Agencies. This is no longer the case. Cruel death and trauma follow relentlessly.
Overall, Philadelphia has too much pointing and not enough humility.
Ethnicity is also obviously important. Black and white Philadelphians experience gun violence very differently. Many black residents live under siege. Most white neighborhoods are not directly exposed to terrorism every day. That’s why all candidates say “safer, safer, safest” in their plans and speeches. However, the word is perceived differently by different people. The rational mind does a track record check, but the mind does a gut check and wonders, “Will this candidate make me feel more secure?”
No one has the perfect ability or power to solve all complex problems. Overall, Philadelphia has too much pointing and not enough humility. All big problems are hard and require years of genuine and rational cooperation. Still, people are emotional and votes are emotional. Look no further than Philadelphia sports fans as proof of our sentiments.
For this reason, a candidate’s history of building genuine relationships with fellow leaders is a source of the political capital needed for significant and far-sighted solutions.
Call for Real Collaboration Now
In this 2023 mayoral election, petition signatures will be collected from February 14 to March 7, giving voters a better understanding of each candidate’s viability. Imagine a leader who can be honest with himself and show humility enough to form viable partnerships and slates.
The mayor has a lot of work to do. Instead of her two candidates looking alike splitting the vote, she can set aside egos and partners to fill in gaps in skill sets and experience.
One of the candidates can sacrifice the title of mayor to become the managing director or a David Cohen-esque adviser. For example, which male candidate would help create “her story” by joining a female-topped winner list? Why is this unimaginable? After May 16, 2023, why set aside dedicated talent?
Who would be willing to sacrifice their position as mayor to devote their talents to a job without a title?
For example, imagine Alain Domb endorsing Rebecca Linhart or María Quiñones Sanchez. Such partnerships unite diverse constituencies, combine funding and leverage deep expertise. The possibilities are endless in this crowded field. But who would be willing to sacrifice the position of mayor and just put his talent to work without a fancy title?
Who can negotiate with fellow candidates and work together to win?
With technological change happening daily, no single person can successfully lead without a team of highly qualified and dedicated people. Philadelphia can’t afford an egotistical mayor to spend eight years surrounded by flatters. We need the type of leader cut from the cloth of Hertz Harper who embraces humility and builds dream teams that deliver excellence.
Note: Anne Gemmell leads policy and advocacy for the 10K Independents Project. Philadelphia is a great place for more independents because the project is an organization of independents and asks all candidates to work together, work together, and work together now and in office. will be the location. Start and thrive. We will transparently share our insights with all interested voters and advocates on February 8, 2023..
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