Initiating contact with an Official

Step One:

Initiating contact in person:

The ideal is to do this in person wherever possible, for example over coffee. If you do it that way you can print out and hand them in your meeting.

To start the conversation via Email or Mail:

You can do this via email or snail mail if you do not have a personal email for them. The least effective way is through an email to the official’s office. However, in many cases, this is where is we must begin.

First: Adapt and personalize this generic message Intro text for email or letter .

Include in your email or letter this article.  “How Do You Wish to Be Remembered as a Leader”

Step Two:

Follow news on the person, pray for that individual regularly. Try to understand that individual as best you can so that you can address needs you may perceive.

Step Three:

At regular intervals, go to centreforstatecraft.org, pray over whether one of the essays in the Reflection section may be appropriate to send, download, insert together with cover comments into an email, personalize as much as possible, and send.

Step Four:

At an appropriate interval, as led, repeat.

Note: With a little more effort, one can do a higher quality job by letter, employing stationary, linen envelopes, looking a little more dignified. I tend to go with the simplest approach that works. Email is very personal when they engage you. Even better if you can also do all of this in person.

Reflections on Statesmanship

A series of essays

  • Statesmen are seldom appreciated in their own time August 26, 2019
    Statesmen Are Seldom Appreciated in Their Own Time   Often Statesmen are only truly appreciated after their service is over, perhaps even departed this life. This is understandable because the Statesman operates on a longer time-frame, The Statesman is proactive rather than reactive. In democratic governance, the people ─ the electorate ─ tend to be more concerned ...
  • What the Statesman Can Learn from King David’s Insights on Governing August 2, 2019
    What the Statesman Can Learn from King David’s Insights on Governing   King David provides us with invaluable perspective when it comes to governing a nation within God’s current-day system. Who is David? Is he King? Or is he the man who loved God as much as any man who ever walked on this earth? He is both. Is ...
  • Statesmen Drawing the Politicians into the Vision July 8, 2019
    Statesmen Drawing the Politicians into the Vision   We have already defined a Statesman as a leader who is unique in terms of vision and character, as for example, expressed by Edmund Burke: The great difference between the real statesman and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; ...
  • The Statesman operates on high moral principles June 17, 2019
    The Statesman Operates on High Moral Principles   Edmund Burke, the respected British political figure in the late eighteenth century, had provided the following insight into the character of the Statesman: The great difference between the real statesman and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one ...
  • The Statesman is willing to take risks (political risks) in order to do the right thing and achieve his/her vision May 28, 2019
    The Statesman is Willing to Take Risks (Political Risks) in Order to do the Right Thing and Achieve Their Vision   When the Statesman gains an understanding that our Creator has a plan that is knowable by His creation and that we may participate in, it provides a confidence that gives the strength to act boldly and ...
  • The statesman has a vision for making our nations better than we found them May 6, 2019
    The Statesman Has a Vision for Making Our Nations Better Than We Found Them   A former President of Columbia University commented: Our world is made up of three kinds of people: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the great majority who have no idea what is happening. 1 We cannot rely ...
  • Characteristics of a Statesman: The statesman displays the heart of a shepherd April 10, 2019
    Characteristics of a Statesman: The statesman displays the heart of a shepherd   a. Compassion toward the people, especially the most disadvantaged King Solomon provides a good example. Early in his reign when he clearly had the heart of a statesman, he said to His Creator (paraphrasing and transposing from the third person to the first): I will rescue ...
  • The View the Statesman Holds of Government and His/Her Responsibilities. March 20, 2019
    The View the Statesman Holds of Government and Their Responsibilities.   The starting point is there is a Designer who created the universe with a purpose. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. (John 1:3) God, the Designer, actively reigns over His creation. God continually tells us: ...
  • How Do You Wish to be Remembered as a Leader – as a Statesman or as a Politician? January 30, 2019
    How Do You Wish to be Remembered as a Leader – as a Statesman or as a Politician?   I believe it is essential for those serving in Government to continually reflect on what motivates us and what we hope to achieve with our lives. Let me pose these questions: What kind of a leader do you ...

Books

Leadership For Nation Building

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John Adams, one of the founders of the American democratic experiment, said:

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts contained! Every member would be obliged in conscience to temperance, frugality and industry; to justice, kindness and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence towards Almighty God”

This book examines the truth and argues for its application in the governing process.

Challenge to Govern as a Statesman

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How do you want to be remembered as a leader? As a Politician or a Statesman? Exploring the difference between a politician and a statesman, this book helps identify what people are looking for in a leader, and then, considers with those governing how to be such leaders, and as leaders to facilitate cooperation between governed and the governors. James Freeman Clarke said:

“A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of his country. The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift.

James Freeman Clarke, “Wanted, a Statesman!”, Edward Everett Hale, editor, Old and New Magazine, Vol. 2, Dec. 1870, p. 644.

Decision-Making in Government

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This book, recognizing the discretionary power of the decision maker and the challenges they face; in lack of training and understanding of governance, its purposes and goals.

Dr. Allen provides a foundation for understanding and making decisions in government, and then applies these principles in several practical areas. Two filters for making decisions are developed, summarized and applied to practical issues.

(Please NOTE: If a Head of Government should decide to lead his/her Cabinet in working through this material, we would be happy to provide printed copies of this workbook without charge.)

Построение демократическ общества

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Это собрание выступлений высказывал во время неофициальных собраний дипломатов, постоянно работающих при ООН, и посещавших эту организацию членов правительств входящих в её состав государств. Мною двигало убеждение в том, что существует Бог, который с любовью создал каждого отдельного человека по Своему собственному проекту.

Liderazgo Para Forjar Naciones

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¿Cómo quiere ser recordado como líder? ¿Como político o estadista? Al explorar la diferencia entre un político y un estadista, este libro ayuda a identificar lo que la gente busca en un líder, luego, con aquellos en el gobierno, cómo ser tales líderes y como líderes para facilitar la cooperación entre los gobernados y los gobernantes.

Ndertimi I Shqipersise Demokratike

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Si doni të mbaheni mend si udhëheqës? Si politikan apo burrë shteti? Duke eksploruar ndryshimin midis një politikani dhe një burri shteti, ky libër ndihmon në identifikimin e asaj që njerëzit kërkojnë tek një udhëheqës, pastaj, me ata në qeveri, si të jenë udhëheqës të tillë dhe si udhëheqës për të lehtësuar bashkëpunimin midis të qeverisurve dhe guvernatorëve.

 

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