- Prepare to win the game. It takes time to build a championship team and get all the pieces in place with clear roles and responsibilities. Focusing on the end game -- making diplomacy and development stronger, better, smarter -- is critical to ensuring the big "D" Defense doesn’t have to take the field. Your strategy, should you choose to accept it, should be to rebuild, retool, and retrain development and diplomacy to help tackle global poverty, inequality, conflict, disease and climate change that threaten prosperity and security globally and at home.
- Don't get sacked. No, we don't mean fired, we mean getting clobbered before you have a chance to throw the ball. Delaying your game plan may mean that other issues or players end up tackling the reform agenda before it throws its first pass.
- Who is the QB? Who is on the starting lineup? We know that someone has to be in charge to run the plays, change the line-up to respond to sudden shifts, and keep passing the ball forward. If Secretary Clinton is the head coach, and you are the assistant coach, who is your quarterback? And who is your starting lineup? Right now, appointed positions for the three largest development agencies remain vacant, with acting civil servants holding in position. Some worry there was an initial fumble with Mark Dybul's sudden resignation from the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, but there is still ample opportunity to fill these key positions with some of your MVPs. The quarterbacks are often the heart and soul of the teams, feeding important on-the-field and in-the-trenches data in the strategy formulation and execution process. Ask yourself, "Do you have what it takes?" Do you have the right combination of people on your team with the right skills and training to get the two very different jobs of development and diplomacy done? Just as offensive and defensive players have different builds and strengths, so should our development and diplomatic players.
- Unnecessary roughness. We think it best to avoid unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct and turf battles. We know it's complicated to move bureaucracies but the game is all about being collaborative where each player has their own strengths and game plan. No one person or agency can do it all, nor can everybody try to fill the same position. And how you play in the game matters: try not push others around or go out of bounds too often.
- It's all about the commercials. Let's face it, lots of people love the commercials and a little (pricey) advertising goes a long way. Getting the message across about how development and diplomacy reflects American ingenuity, generosity and values to create a better, safer world is paramount.
- First down: You and the Obama administration develop a national strategy for global development.
- Touchdown: A deft team comprising executive branch, legislative, and foreign assistance cheerleaders score a touchdown with a new foreign assistance act.
- Field Goal: You score three points with increased funding for and better accountability (thanks to great refs and linesmen) of foreign assistance.
- Second Touchdown. You score the winning game touchdown with an autonomous, streamlined organizational structure for development (you have to watch the game to find out whether it will eventually be a independent cabinet-level global development agency, a sub-cabinet agency like USAID -- but with a new team name -- or a new non-cabinet agency.
- Super Bowl MMIX Championship Victory: No one play is enough to win the game, but each has a role in getting you to the championship. If all this happens, watch out for the celebratory pitcher of Gatorade coming your way.
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