News Category: Leadership Memo

A Blog Can Be Great For Your Career
A Blog Can Be Great For Your Career

When people think about blogs, they usually dismiss them as a prehistoric way of getting ideas into the public realm.  Today many people prefer a 140-character tweet to a well thought out, self-published article that takes a lot of work to compose and publicize.

However, when it comes to your career, demonstrating passion for your field is critical.  Writing a blog, which is accessible to recruiters, could be what secures your next big opportunity.  Here are 5 ways writing a blog can benefit your career.

You can establish yourself as a thought leader

Recruiters will expect to see that you have knowledge of your field and show an active interest.  By writing a blog directly related to the professional area in which you want to progress, you can illustrate your interest and your ability to... 

3 Effective Ways to Boost Your Facebook Engagement
3 Effective Ways to Boost Your Facebook Engagement

You may notice a pattern every time you scroll your newsfeed. It starts with a relevant update, then an advertisement, and it doesn’t take long before a video starts auto-playing.

The biggest question on people’s minds when they see this pattern is, “How do I get my content to appear first in everyone else’s newsfeed?”

Here are three things you can start doing now:



Five things you should do in your first week at a new job
Five things you should do in your first week at a new job

Starting a new job is among the most daunting experiences in our professional lives.  After all, you only get one chance at a first impression.

As well as trying to wrap your head around your new responsibilities, learn the office culture, make friends, and demonstrate your ability, you’re also trying to keep your feet on the ground and build a successful future for yourself.

It is natural to want to keep your head down and not draw attention to yourself, like a mouse among sleeping cats.  This is a mistake!  Here are five things you should do in your first week...

Picking a Presidential Nominee in 2016

Many Leadership Institute graduates are asking me about the Republican Presidential nomination contest.  The Institute does not support or oppose candidates for public office, and I have not yet personally endorsed any of the candidates.  I have, however, posted on my “diary” on the RedState website the following piece about conservatives’ decision-making process.  Feel free to circulate it if you wish. --MCB

The presidential nomination process is about to enter a very different phase. 

Until now, the 2016 presidential campaign has consisted mainly of words:  speeches, debates, interviews, and the publication of some issue papers by the candidates.  The coming contests in the states will actually elect delegates, and this race will become a test of each candidate’s ability to identify supporters and organize them to participate personally in the primaries and conventions.

Every state and U.S. territory has different election laws and party rules, not to mention different sets of political circumstances and local leaders.  Organizing successfully to win nomination contests in enough states and territories to win a national presidential nomination is a massive problem.  Some candidates will not come close to solving it.

A Must Read: Mark Levin’s New Book Plunder and Deceit
A Must Read: Mark Levin’s New Book Plunder and Deceit

In politics, it is not enough to know what’s right. 

To succeed, your command of a subject must be so secure that you can persuade people you are right.  And then you must activate them.

Plunder and Deceit by Mark Levin is a necessary read for anyone who fights against statist power grabs.

This new book sets the stage for the 2016 election and beyond.

Levin’s new book is a wake-up call, especially for young people.  He explains the dangers of government and the coming crisis our country faces -- the loss of the greatest...

Do You Want to be a National Convention Delegate?

In early 1961, I decided to try to be a Goldwater delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.  When Barry Goldwater beat the party establishment and won the G.O.P. Presidential nomination, I was his youngest elected delegate at San Francisco's Cow Palace.  And I've been deeply involved in politics ever since.

In 1975, I wrote an article for the Young Americans for Freedom magazine New Guard entitled, "So You Want To Go To A Convention?"

Oklahoman Steve Antosh read the article and followed my advice.  The next year, at age 19, Steve was elected a Reagan delegate to the 1976 G.O.P. national convention.  Four years later, in 1980, Steve was the National Director of Youth for Reagan.

The 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

This will not be a cheery update because the news is not good.  I shall do my best to summarize developments and not take you too far into the weeds.

At the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Mitt Romney broke all precedent and used his power as the coming nominee to change the rules, to centralize power in the hands of the establishment, and to make it very much harder for any power in the party to flow from the bottom up.

For one example, the rules previously had required that, to be placed in nomination for President, a candidate had to have the written support of a plurality of the delegates from at least five states.

In Tampa, the Romney campaign changed that requirement.  Currently, a 2016 presidential candidate will have to have the support of a majority of the delegates from at least eight states.

Leadership Memo: No, you may not just quit

Rather than a piece by me to begin this Leadership Memo, I’ve decided to run a “guest editorial” by my friend and fellow Leadership Institute Board member Mike Rothfeld.

Mike took LI training 28 years ago and has had a successful career as a political activist, a campaign consultant, a direct marketing consultant, and a conservative organizational entrepreneur.  He frequently serves as a volunteer faculty member at Leadership Institute training schools and runs good training schools through one of his own, separate organizations, Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. 

Ballerina Dances Her Way Into Colorado Politics
Ballerina Dances Her Way Into Colorado Politics

Alexa Van Anne isn’t your ordinary 19-year-old.

She’s a competitive ballerina, a committed conservative activist, and dreaming of running for office herself – but first, she’s got to finish college.

Alexa got her start in politics working for the reelection of her congressman, Rep. Mike Coffman, in 2012.

“Working for the Coffman campaign marked my entrance into politics. I sought out the opportunity on my own having been interested in politics my entire life,” Alexa said.

As area campaign director for Mike Coffman for Congress, Alexa coordinated door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. As November neared, Alexa became more involved in working on projects with the field director for her district.

A scandal ... and a rare opportunity

A groundswell of conservative complaints and considerable new information has led Congressmen Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan to ask Treasury Department Inspector General J. Russell George to “conduct an investigation to determine whether groups that possess tax-exempt status were targeted for audits or examinations based on their political beliefs or ideology.”

Your Institute is one such targeted group.

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