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No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders – Raz Shafer

No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders - Raz Shafer

Leadership isn’t a state of being, it’s a skill. One that needs to be constantly honed. You can’t be TOO good at leadership. But it’s really easy to be a bad leader.

This week we’re taking a look at a chapter from Extreme Ownership (by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin) which discusses the principle that there are “No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders.” It’s something that I believe and as you strive to hold a larger leadership role, whether in public service or within a campaign organization, it’s an attitude and belief you need to adopt.

I quote at length from Chapter 2 of Extreme Ownership and give some commentary to illuminate the lesson. Then we wrap up the episode talking about the specific ways that the knowledge contained within the chapter applies to your campaign.

It’s a bit of a departure from our normal episode type but after hearing complaints from a number of friends and listeners about bad leaders making the failings the chapter discusses, I felt it was important material to share. I hope y’all enjoy it!

Show Notes:

[00:00] Introduction

[03:45] Extreme Ownership: No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders

[18:43] Campaign Application

[32:01] Conclusion and Outro

There’s no such thing as starting a campaign too early.

There's no such thing as starting a campaign too early.

Time, Treasurer and Talent are the three primary resources every campaign relies on. Treasurer and Talent are renewable resources but Time is not.

A good campaign can always raise at least a little more money and recruit more volunteers but I don’t care how awesome you are, you can’t turn back the clock. This means that not only is it important that we don’t waste time, It’s also critical that we kick off the campaign early.

Now, I’m not talking about holding your campaign launch event 5 years out from election day. That’s probably not a good idea. My point is in regards to the candidate’s planning and preparation.

For instance, a friend of mine is a current elected official and would like to run for a major state’s Attorney General office when the current incumbent retires. We don’t know when that’ll happen but it’s likely 5 years off. Instead of forgetting about the idea for 3.5 years, we’re already thinking through the logistics, identifying threats, planning outreach and shoring up his strengths. All of this will make it more likely that he can mount a strong campaign when that seat opens up.

It’s also rare for a campaign to actually launch too early. This is especially true for first-time candidates who are starting at zero on all fronts. If you’re in this position, you need the maximum amount of time possible to identify and persuade voters to support you. When you’re planning your launch, don’t shy away from the early side of the calendar. This will give you more time to let voters get to know you and give you more time out of the limelight to hone your skills as a candidate.

The Story Behind Dan Crenshaw’s Incredible Win – Brendan Steinhauser

The Story Behind Dan Crenshaw’s Incredible Win - Brendan Steinahuser

Dan Crenshaw was our guest a few weeks ago and since then he won his runoff campaign by the widest margin of ANY Republican Congressional contest in Texas. He smoked the competition and this week we’re talking with his consultant, Brendan Steinhauser.

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This week we’re bringing back on the podcast one of our first guests, Brendan Steinhauser. You can check out Episode 4 of this podcast to hear us talk about his background and how he runs Data-Driven Campaigns. Those skills were critical to winning the race we’re talking about today.

Just a few episodes ago, we talked with Dan Crenshaw. He’s a retired Lt. Commander from the Navy SEALS and was in a runoff election for the US Congress. He took second place in the original primary election by less than 200 votes, beating a woman who had self-funded millions of dollars into her race.

Dan and his team did an incredible job and Brendan helped quarterback much of that as the general consultant. Last week, they won the runoff and now they’re headed towards the general election in November.

5 Life Lessons I Learn From Daily – Raz Shafer

5 Life Lessons I Learn From Daily - Raz Shafer

Our lives are filled with constant learning but some life lessons bear a unique significance. In this speech, I lay out the 5 which have had the greatest impact on my story and share chapters from my own history to illustrate their value.

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I apologize for the several week break, y’all! Travel, family needs, and my own illness are my flimsy excuses but either way, we’re back and have some great stuff lined up.

This week, I’m sharing a High School Graduation speech I gave a few weeks ago. The Home School group I graduated from 13 years ago, asked me to be their first official commencement speaker and I shared 5 lessons that have been integral to my life.

While the lessons aren’t explicitly political, I think they have both broad life application and a specific value to campaigns.

At the very least, you’ll get some good reminders about important life lessons you’ve probably learned AND hear some new stories about myself that haven’t yet been shared on the podcast.

Later this week, I’ll release another episode (part deux of my apology for missing so much time) with Brendan Steinhauser (a previous guest) who was the general consultant for Dan Crenshaw. We had Dan on the podcast a few weeks ago to talk about his campaign for Congress and this last week he won the runoff election. Now he moves on to a likely win in November!

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