Principles of Positive Politics
Assumption: All persons create mental models of the reality they perceive.
Implication: Regularly compare your own assumptions to those of others and to new information about reality.
Power Payoff: An accurate assessment of the current situation is grounding for good judgment.
Assumption: Individuals are predisposed to different worldviews.
Implication: Persons with different predispositions interpret the same situation differently.
Power Payoff: Understanding others is a basis of leadership, goal-setting, and power use.
Assumption: All persons have the same basic needs.
Implication: Acknowledge that you share the needs and aspirations of others.
Power Payoff: Our common humanity is the ultimate ground for negotiation.
Assumption: Priorities arise from the individual’s experience colliding with his mental model, world view, and basic needs.
Implication: We value what we perceive will advance our priorities.
Power Payoff: Knowing our priorities is prerequisite to success.
Assumption: Members of a community organize to achieve shared goals.
Implication: Achievement requires organization.
Power Payoff: Forming an organization around your goals multiplies your chances of success
Assumption: Persons who communicate regularly can become members of a community.
Implication: Create community through communication.
Power Payoff: Communities can achieve what no one person can do alone.
Assumption: Common and expected behaviors of a community make up the culture.
Implication: Attend to and practice behaviors that you wish to reinforce within the culture.
Power Payoff: Members of a community tend to follow the behaviors of their leadership.
Assumption: Members of a community accept some common beliefs and values as sacred truths.
Implication: Avoid challenging sacred truths.
Power Payoff: A leader who violates a sacred truth is apt to be deposed.
Assumption: When a community provisions an organization to set and enforce community goals and standards, the organization becomes a governing institution.
Implication: Institutions exact membership contributions.
Power Payoff: Regular contributions allow an organization to build assets and weather difficulties.
Assumption: Citizens decide which cultures, authorities, operating principles, and institutions will govern their behavior.
Implication: Control your environment by following the rules, changing the rules, or leaving the group.
Power Payoff: You decide which cultures, authorities, and institutions govern your behavior.
Assumption: Authorities lead the group to achieve community goals .
Implication: Achieving community goals requires leadership from legitimately chosen authorities.
Power Payoff: Legitimacy allows a leader to apply power efficiently and effectively, resolving disputes, marshalling cooperation, shunting disrupters aside.
Assumption: Community institutions articulate laws that govern the behavior of individuals within that community.
Implication: Legislation requires a base of community support as ethics, morals, custom, and black letter law.
Power Payoff: Laws reduce operating cost but also are difficult to change and costly to break.