WUCA! and Politics

We were told that WUCA! should stay out of politics. That we should focus on doing WUCA! and not get into the "mud" with the others. 

If new to WUCA!, the acronym is to Welcome, Understand, Comfort and Appreciate yourself and others for great relationships. bewuca.com

Actually, in part, WUCA! was created in response to politics. Politics where one side bullies the other and people don't get along in business, community, organizations, school, family, church - you name the entity. 

WUCA! asks how do you value other people? How do you value yourself? Do you look for ways to be offended and strike back or do you try to understand the "why" of the other person's thinking and build a relationship with them?

WUCA! has the power to elevate and improve politics when you look inside yourself and take responsibility for the way you react to the outside environment. No one else can make you feel angry, sad, mad, glad, offended, or any feeling, only you can. You allow your feelings by the choice of the response you make. 

The Welcome in WUCA! is about self-responsibility and how you choose to feel. In each situation, determine the outcome you want and act to achieve it. Welcome frames your ability to respond in the way, with the words and actions, you choose, for the outcome you want.

Understand is to listen. Do you really listen or just wait to talk? Listening involves all your senses because only seven percent of what is said is heard through the words spoken. Body language and tone make up the other 93 percent of what we say.

Listening also involves the values and history of the receiver and speaker of the communication. How did they grow up? What were their parents like? What happened to them when their brain was developing during the first five years life, when the brain makes more than 80 percent of its neuron connections? Do you know the why behind the words? 

Comfort in WUCA! is to know your passion, have a purpose in life, with a clear vision of the future and goals to reach your vision. It is being comfortable in your own skin with who you are and where you are going. 

Appreciate yourself and others, as unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude. Appreciate people for who they are, while they are living. If you wait until their funeral to give their eulogy; it's too late for them to hear.

From what we experience and observe, WUCA! belongs FIRMLY planted in politics and in life, for relationships - and politics - are all around us. How we behave and treat others is a constant and creates the world in which we live.

When you Learn WUCA!, Act WUCA!, and Teach others to Be WUCA!, you will change the world.

We know how to help people get along in all settings. If you'd like to know more, reach out to Kim, kim@ghorizons.com.

 

What if Congress and State Legislatures were Split 50/50

I was told once by an Iowa state senator that the only time she remembered getting "real" work done is when the legislature was split 50 percent Republican and 50 percent Democrat.

This got me to thinking, what if there was a constitutional amendment that required Congress and State Legislatures to be 50/50 by the parties?

You could still hold party affiliations, still elect by party in the primary, but the determining factor of governing would be the requirement of equal party/power balance in state and federal Capitols.

One of the moves that helped in Iowa was to have shared leadership and co-chairs of committees.

If we had equal weight and balance, there would be no more "blaming the other party" for not doing anything, since whatever was done would be passed by bipartisan compromise. If the matter at hand was vetoed, all responsibility would fall to the chief executive of the state/country and there would be override opportunity by a 2/3 vote.

It might even take out the need to sign executive privilege declarations.

Here is what the National Conference of State Legislatures says about the issue:

http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/incaseofatie.aspx

In Case of a Tie......

(Legislative Deadlock, Tied Chambers)

Every even-year election from 1984 through 2010 produced at least one deadlocked legislative chamber. Here is what legislatures suggest to make a 50/50 work.

·      View the situation as a challenge, not a dilemma.  Have the attitude that you are going to make it a success.

·      Use organizations such as NCSL to find out what other states have done who have faced deadlock. Then open up lines of communications with those states.

 ·      If possible, get a mentor in one of them—someone who is willing to help you through the details.

·      Begin negotiating as soon as possible. The negotiations will take time because this is a very stressful and often traumatic period. Have more than one person from each caucus on the negotiation team; this helps generate broader support for the final agreement. Negotiate carefully over the make-up of your committees because they play a very important role in the legislative process.

·      Put people who aren’t intensely partisan or ideological in leadership positions. Cooperation and productivity are more important than who gets the credit for each individual issue.

·      Establish and maintain good communication; it is the key to avoiding problems.

·      Don’t forget a mechanism or an "escape valve" to keep the process moving ahead.  You might need it in case important or critical legislation gets bogged down.

·      Let the public know what’s happening.

50/50. Shared power. Working toward common ground on every issue that comes before the governing body. Might be worth a thought. 

The biggest gap in growth is the gap between knowing and doing. In other words, you cannot grow if you do not do something toward growing. 

 Just as Martin Luther King said, "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."