We Need a Helper! 2g Looking for Intern to Join Team.

Description:          

Lesix Media LLC (dba 2g Strategies) would like to hire an Intern for the purposes of assisting with the service of clients, process management, planning, and execution of the company’s strategic goals. The position will generally entail a regular schedule of interfacing with 2g clients via email, field visits, and conference calls as necessary. Additionally, scheduling 2g marketing activities, networking, and business development will be a priority. To a certain extent, the Intern will be expected to learn skills related to quoting, invoicing, graphic design, project management, and others that are required by our service models.

The start date for this position is Monday, October 30, although if prepared Interns can start Monday, October 16. This internship will run through at least July 30, 2018 and, if suitable, transition to a full-time salaried position.

Duties:

  1. Project Management: The intern will be expected to provide regular project management for both clients and internal 2g Strategies activities. This includes the regular use of Work Breakdown Structures, Value Stream Maps, and Critical Path Diagrams.
  2. Scheduling: The intern will be expected to coordinate scheduling activities with clients, client deliverables, and internal 2g operations. Google Calendar will be used to manage all such activities.
  3. Strategy and Planning: The intern will be expected to participate in strategic planning sessions with clients and execution of those strategic plans. This can involve everything from grassroots planning and execution to vendor qualification.
  4. On-Site: The intern will be expected to maintain at least 10 hours of office time per week (or, other activities as directed) with the goal being 15-20 hours per week.
  5. Other duties may include, but are not limited to: graphic design, process mapping, client training, product delivery.

Qualifications:

  1. Must live in or near the Metro Atlanta area. This is considered to be no more than 1 hour away.
  2. Current student or recent graduates are preferable.
  3. No direct campaign experience required, although some form of involvement in the political process preferred (e.g., legislative intern, campaign volunteer, College or Young Republican member).

Compensation:

  1. $250 monthly gas stiped paid on 1st of each month until end of internship or full employment.
  2. Up to five $500 bonuses to be paid throughout the internship consistent with customer activity and performance.

Contact:

Robert Lee
robert@2gstrategies.com
404.991.4623

MDJ: Boyce outpolls Lee by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in Cobb chairman’s race

From the Marietta Daily Journal:

In Tuesday’s hotly contested county chairman’s runoff election, retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce overwhelmed the incumbent by garnering 25,264 votes, good for 64 percent of the 39,510 votes cast, while opponent Tim Lee received 14,246 votes, or 36 percent, according to unofficial results from the Cobb Board of Elections.

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MDJ: Tim Lee and Mike Boyce to go head to head on July 26

From the MDJ:

Amid a county chairman’s race in which the Atlanta Braves’ move to Cobb seemed to play a factor, retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce is taking incumbent Tim Lee into extra innings.

According to unofficial results, Boyce had 17,662 votes, or 49.1 percent, compared to Lee’s 14,529 votes, or 40.4 percent.

Retired businessman Larry Savage had 3,775 votes, or 10.5 percent, to finish third. With no candidate earning the 50 percent plus one vote majority needed to win outright, the top two vote-getters — Boyce and Lee — will face off in the July 26 primary.

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Commentary: The Virtue of Patience

King Lear is an epic tragedy, even compared to the litany of downfalls that William Shakespeare authored. Even Shakespeare, though, might be wondering where the plot is going in the tragedy that has played out among the House Republican Conference. Punctuated by the latest news that Kevin McCarthy will not, after all, seek the role of Speaker of the House, Republicans have to be scratching their heads about what is actually going on. Conservatives are rejoicing – but why? They debate as to who the real “conservative” is that they’d like to have as speaker. The “Establishment” is lamenting the turnaround – again, why? The job of Speaker is a miserable one in the toxic political environment and leads to nothing even close to a governing majority.

Lear, in lamenting to his fool about the situation they find themselves in while cursing a storm, utters “I will be the pattern of all patience, I will say nothing.” Among the tragedy we Republicans find ourselves in, we are doing nothing but cursing a storm to a group of fools we surround ourselves with. We might do well to show patterns of patience. We might do well to avoid the urgency to appoint the “perfect” Speaker among our conference and find a way to air our grievances during an interim period until 2017 comes.

Let’s recognize some realities and truths that cannot be avoided. First, nothing Congress does will in any fashion change the trajectory of the country for the next fifteen months. We can pass all the bills we want and they will, at the very least, be vetoed by an executive who has little patience for compromise. More than likely, they’ll sit idle in a risk averse Senate in which Democrats will contain a sizable enough minority to block cloture. At least 300 solid pieces of conservative legislation have been passed out of the House this term alone, and nothing has been accomplished.

Second, and more important than that, is nobody can in any way define the role of Speaker and what it is supposed to look like or do. Rather than rushing into a decision most will be unsatisfied with, this might be a time for all Republicans to take a step back and start asking difficult questions of themselves before they start placing impossible demands on others. Patience requires a great deal of maturity that some Republicans just might not have. However, some Republicans do, and they need to be given the time to find a path forward, regardless of what faction inside the coalition Republicans find themselves in. More than likely, they’ll end up finding some semblance of purpose and consistency among our agenda that we call can agree on. Most important, we’ll have a vision that can drive home the message we need to communicate to voters during the general election campaign beginning next spring.

I’d like to avoid finding ourselves ousted by the evil daughters of our party into a storm with nobody but a fool. Then again, it might be good to remember that King Lear found himself subject to the whims of his evil daughters by virtue of the fact he demanded flattery over honesty. Conservatives may find themselves in a position of strength right now by virtue of the Conference’s collapse; that’s not a good place to be. It’s flattery, and guaranteed we will find ourselves alone in a storm without a House to govern.

Debates, Campaigns, and The Road Ahead

Debates are exciting entertainment. For most of us out there that aren’t even the casual athlete, arguing with others gives us the chance to express our competitive spirit. Some of us are just bred to argue with anything and everything that is said. Even when we don’t agree, we’ll argue any point as the devil’s advocate. Therefore, it is no surprise in a Republican field with over a dozen candidates, the debates give us some measure of interest. The Fox debate brought in 24 million viewers, a record for primary debates. CNN’s ratings weren’t too shabby either at 23 million despite the 3 hour marathon session that tested the energy of both candidates and voters alike.

Notably, some candidates have faltered. Perry dropped out of the race after an initially successful campaign four years ago and a decade long tenure as Texas governor before that. Walker announced as of yesterday that his days of seeking higher officer were over, at least for the moment. Carly Fiorina, despite her notable failures as both the CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Republican nominee for US Senate from California, is surging on the back of solid debate performances. So, given that the debates are having such an apparent impact on the race, why should we put less stock in what’s been seen on stage and in the polls versus what is likely to happen when the campaigns really ramp up after the holiday season?

We have seen this before. Herman Cain was in single digits during the 2012 Republican nomination content until a very solid performance in the September 21 debate held in Orlando. Within a month he topped the field according to Real Clear Politics, and with another six weeks he was out of the race entirely. Newt Gingrich followed a similar path after a very solid October debate performance which saw him surge then falter as the campaigns progressed. Historically, we can systematically paint a picture of great debaters who turned out to be failed candidates for office. At the least, these two anecdotal examples suggest that.

Debates can be an integral part of any campaign strategy, especially those starved for attention and donor support. If your candidate is an effective orator, even small moments show signs of passion and glory that invigorate those with deep pocketbooks. Taking Fiorina as an example again, she’s surging in polls at the moment thanks to her performances and will likely find some endorsements and dollars a result. However integral they are, though, they do not replace the nuts and bolts of an effective strategy and competent machine marching forward. We can look at Herman Cain’s utter lack of capability to handle the negative news that ultimately sank his campaign in 2012 as an example of that.

The real test of these candidates is not how they can position themselves on a stage next to their opponents; the real contests will take place in Iowa gymnasiums and New Hampshire ballot boxes. The real campaigns will be separated from those that are pretending their way forward on the back of good debate performances. Of course, it helps if a campaign has both, but in the end those built for long term success will engender positive support in the electorate via their turnout operations. The podiums and lights, when they are packed up and shipped to the storage room until next time, won’t cast ever ballot. The candidates that remember that will ultimate be the victors.

Presidential Campaigns: The Project of a Campaign

Now that we are in the throes of a heated presidential campaign cycle, I always look at the campaigns with the eyes of an operative and of a project manager.  As an operative, I watch at the words that are said and the messaging of a campaign.  The stops, the people, and the relationships all take a pretty prominent role in determining the success or failure of a campaign.  Simply look at the talking heads and the impact of the first debate to see a prime example of that.

However, as a project manager, I evaluate the campaigns from a different perspective.  What systems do they have built?  Can we see their quality objectives?  The 2012 presidential campaign is an amazing case study for a project manager, especially the relative Get Out The Vote – “GOTV” – operations of the Romney and Obama teams.  The Romney operations, dubbed Operation Orca, ended up as an “unmitigated disaster” according to Ace of Spades blog.  The first hand experience of this particular campaign worker who detailed what appears to be a real lack of project management skills.  Internal marketing instead of volunteer training is one minor example of the larger problem that was.

By comparison, Time covered wonderfully the nature of Obama’s data-driven campaign operation.  “Jim Messina had promised a totally different, metric-driven kind of campaign in which politics was the goal but political instincts might not be the means,” the piece wrote.  What an absolutely amazing statement to a project manager.  Although general in nature, “politics was the goal” is a clear statement of a quality objective (I assume this was better defined internally to the campaign).  Removing political instincts, though, as the primary driver of decision making is gold.  Metrics, data, and insight drove decision making.  Classic signs that Messina understood the complex, but realistically project-like nature, of a political campaign.

I’m not one to celebrate victory of an opponent.  I did not support the president’s re-election effort and worked tirelessly here in Georgia to try and help the Romney campaign and down ballot races. However, as a Republican I do sit back and wonder what we did wrong and how to improve it.  This is a case study on exactly that.  We got beat by better project managers.  In a down economy, with a President who passed a widely unfavorable health care “reform” using dubious means, we got beat.  Better project managers beat us.

Repeat that until it sinks in.  Better project managers beat us…