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Political Savvy

Definition:  Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.  Approaches each problem situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality, recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action.

Ideas for Developing this Competency: 

  • Serve on a community outreach program.
  • Read the newspapers, books and other publications with comprehensive political analyses (several available on-line). Expose yourself to opposing viewpoints on particular issues.
  • Arrange a detail in a legislator's office.
  • Listen to radio and TV programs which cover political issues.
  • Speak with people in your organization who understand the internal and external politics that affect the agency.
  • Participate in the Legislative Fellowship Program.
  • Complete a detail in the Washington Office or state office External Affairs.
  • Participate in statewide leadership team meeting in some role such as scribe or facilitator.
  • Serve on a nationwide policy group.

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