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MICA Cool tempers must reign in hot Washington temps
WASHINGTON (7/16/09)—In the nation’s capital in July, hot temperatures and work fatigue may push lobbyists or lawmakers to lose their cool, but good leaders remember to keep their emotions in check, counsels Credit Union National Association President/CEO Dan Mica in The Hill. In his most recent monthly K Street Insider column in the Capitol Hill publication, Mica recounted a lobbying experience where, despite his best intentions, he lost his cool, and offered what he called “ a few simple words about cooling off this summer” for lobbyists tempted to fly off the handle. “If we decide to lose our tempers, whether with congressional members, staffers or our own trade-association members, the cost may be too expensive in the end. Years of access may be gone in seconds. Decades of respect can be forgotten in minutes,” he reminded his readers. Mica acknowledge summer can be a tough time to keep emotions out of one’s work day: “By July, many of us are tired. We cannot wait for the August recess to come. Emotions run high as it becomes clear that deadlines are looming and legislation is moving at a snail’s pace.” He added that at the trade-association level, members are demanding to see accomplishment while, and on the congressional scene, demands are made on members and staffers while those accomplishments are called into question. "The lesson to remember is simply this: Keep your emotions in check. There is always another day on Capitol Hill,” Mica advised. He added, “Any issue --if you become too emotionally involved in it — can become fodder for a screaming match. A lobbyist’s responsibility is to constantly ask: “Is this worth it? Am I willing to lose it all? Is time to speak up? “Constituents are looking for solutions and for all of us to keep our tempers in check.” As its name implies, The Hill's K Street Insider column focuses on the lobbying business rather than CU issues. For the past two years, Mica has been one of a select number of former policymakers who became lobbyists that write the widely read column in rotation.
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