1. When (not if, but when) you screw up, OWN IT! The phrase, “I made a mistake”, is not anathema. If, however, you choose to sound a little more erudite, you can always do it in a foreign language—like German—“Ich habe upgescrewed!” (I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes)—or Latin “Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! Mea maxima Culpa!” Perfection is simply unattainable. Heck, even the electoral college screws up occasionally!
2. Having admitted your humanity, you have several courses to follow. You can ask for forgiveness. You can attempt to atone. You can cry, gnash your teeth and pull your hair, but you must do all three. Unfortunately, not having the ability to do part three, that option wasn’t open to me! Once you have followed every course available, MOVE ON! Dwelling on past mistakes is like choosing to live in a dormitory your entire life. EEEEEEK!
3. When confronted with a Herculean task (like planning the yearly convention), decide where you want to have it, come up with a theme, appoint an amazing committee and then sit back and watch the true masters at work. Put another way, pick the right people and then get out of their way so they can do their magic. (Side note—having made those "appointments", not one chosen member has had to resign for collusion with a foreign power!)
4. Recognize the worth of EVERY member.
5. Never underestimate the abilities of the people around you. You will only be wrong (see #1).
6. Plan ahead.
7. Monitor and adjust. Your original ideas may be brilliant, but there is always someone out there with higher wattage! Allow them to shine.
8. Be visible. You can’t help someone if they don’t know you are there.
9. Delineate what is expected of your “staff”. Each person has specific responsibilities, but can’t/won’t perform them if they are unclear (or non-existent!)
10. Always, always, always bring fudge!
I don’t take Air Force One to my meetings—I take Ford Edge ’15—with the VERY BEST DRIVER in the world. I don’t own a plethora of red silk $500 ties (or for that matter, $.50 used ties purchased at a thrift store). I wear old man shirts that are somewhat loud, eschew ties, and are TOTALLY comfortable. My shorts show my old man legs, but they’re my best feature so if you’ve got it…. My hair is cropped short, my wife is the prettiest lady (and thankfully the most forgiving) I have ever met, I use invectives on occasion (but NEVER Tweet), I have a treasure trove of PG 13 stories (and even more R rated that I don’t get to tell too often—Dirty Johnny was my hero growing up!), I associate with the very best of the best, and can truthfully say that edging out my non-existent opponent has been an amazing experience. I definitely can say it’s a great year to be president—at least for me! Know you are loved!