Law Firm Leadership Tips From Poker, Politics & Presidential Elections

Time to lay your cards on the table and vote; this year, everybody’s eyes are on the U.S. Presidential election game.

Yesterday, popular news outlets declared the U.S. Presidential elections as a “tight race.” Today, Democrats are declaring it “bad polling.” Tomorrow? Republicans will surely follow suit, slamming their opponents. The only thing that’s clear in this election is that news media has a talent for promoting its own agenda; but their bluff is about to be called.

It’s not the first time that the U.S. has witnessed a wild card election. It’s also neither the first nor the last election that newspapers have failed to predict.

Sixty-eight years to the day, on November 3, 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” was the incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune—just one day after incumbent U.S. President Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over his Republican challengers.

The newspaper, along with its prominent headline, was famously held up by Truman at a well-photographed appearance following his successful election. Abandoning his poker face, Truman can’t help but smile at the error.

At that time, the Tribune, which once referred to Truman as a “nincompoop”, was well-known Republican-leaning paper. And although ex-post we know a swing of less than one percent of the popular vote in Ohio, Illinois, and California would have produced a Dewey victory, the newspaper overplayed its hand. Forced to print copies before the close of the polls (because of a new printing press) the Tribune made a call: the wrong one!

Similarly, Republican news sources may have oversold recent poll numbers. It doesn’t look like Manhattan billionaire turned up trumps after all. An ABC/Washington Post survey released Tuesday showed him with a one-percentage point edge over Clinton. However, today, Democrats are citing a POLITICO/Morning Consult numbers, where Clinton has a not-so-narrow lead.

With Trump acting so erratically, it’s not hard to believe his campaign is a few cards short of a deck.

Even if we can’t know what the final tally will be, Americans can be sure the system is above board. Voting stations are being watched carefully this election. So, play your cards close to your chest if you prefer, but get out there and vote.

Meanwhile, in other news, during the early hours this morning, Vietnamese-American Qui Nguyen won the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, according to Poker News. The 39-year-old Nguyen defeated Cliff Josephy and Gordon Vayo to capture the coveted WSOP bracelet and a not-so-negligible amount of cash worth over $8,000,000.

It may not be Trump or Clinton, but at least one person is holding all the aces today.

As the leader of a business or manager at a law firm, you can too. Nguyen made mistakes in his poker game—even trying to bluff off the 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively. His bluff was unsuccessful, but that doesn’t mean the deck was stacked against him.

Confidence and patience were two key components to Nguyen’s victory.

You may think it’s for higher pay (likely a bit less than $8,000,000), but in reality, the number one reason employees leave is the way they’re supervised.

As the old adage says, “People join companies, but leave managers.”

Confident, effective leadership is something you can practice with a little guidance. Read C4CM’s guide, which gives you all the details and support materials you need to develop essential skills that inspire, influence and achieve results. These include:

  • Transitioning from Doer to Leader
  • Delegating to Boost Productivity and Build Others
  • Building Trust
  • Motivating Employees for High Performance
  • Empowering Employees – Beyond Lip Service
  • Compelling Followers Through Effective Communication
  • Honing Your Internal and External Radar
  • Being Politically Savvy

Yes, being politically savvy can save your productivity (a lesson U.S. Presidents know well). Learn how you can lead your firm to a better bottom line, here.



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