If there’s anything you don’t do, in any competitive forum, whether it’s sports or business, is this: You never, ever, ever (did I say ever?) celebrate or announce anything until it is officially over. i.e., You run through the finish line tape – then you celebrate. You wait until you, or it, is officially declared you’ve have indeed won the race, or accomplished X – then you celebrate.
Or, and is just as important in business and politics: You don’t ever say you’re moving on, retiring, whatever, now that X has been accomplished, when Y and Z have yet to be signed off. For in doing so you enable the potential combination of Y and Z turning X – into complete excrement. All before the proverbial door hits your own backside. It’s one of the biggest no-no’s.
Why? Because any and all bargaining power, whether it’s soft or hard, that came from your original position of hierarchy will be lost. For once you say, “That’s it, I’m done.” Anything that comes after that statement is now viewed as “who cares – they’re now old news.”
Immediately after the words leave your mouth – nobody cares what you have to say from thereon in. Because there’s no longer any reason to pay attention to you. After all, “You’re done.” and you said it yourself. People will take your words faster on that news, than anything you may have said all years prior. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Why do I bring this up? I do for this reason. As I type this Politico™ just released a lengthy essay stating House Speaker Paul Ryan will be leaving congress in 2018. The reason why this caught my attention was two-fold. First: it’s not a short article, rather it looks and reads like it was it all ready in-the-can, ready to go, today being for whatever the reason to publish.
Which brings me to my second point, and that is: Why would you allow (meaning: assumed, sanctioned by the Speaker) an article claiming victory (i.e., the tax bill) when it has yet to be voted on? There is still the possibility that it might not pass. You could lose votes on either side, and yet, where’s the negotiating power as to get members to “tow the party line” when they all now know you’re outta-there?
This could possibly turn into the most unmitigated, disastrous, political gaffe, with onerous consequences that I’ve seen in quite a while.
Who knows, possibly it ends up meaning nothing. However, if something does go awry with this tax bill vote and its passage? This supposed swan song article might turn into a reputation cinder-block overnight.
I just can’t think of anything I’ve seen, as of late, that qualifies as such a foolish possible misstep. Here’s a sample of why this is always true: “Why you should never celebrate too soon.”
© 2017 Mark St.Cyr