10 principles in Akpata’s election as NBA president relevant to achieving a similar outcome in the bigger political space

  1. Dream/Desire – it is the first step necessary to go the distance
  2. Define – craft a compelling reason, what some call a vision
  3. Determine – how far going solo might get you
  4. Discern – necessary forces you need to court for leverage
  5. Disseminate – win their confidence with the right pitch
  6. Deal – navigate, negotiate but don’t mortgage the collective
  7. Dare/Defy – you may now bluff your way through once-useful models
  8. Dig – consistently work smartly
  9. Dig-in – Work resolutely
  10. Do – the work when the deed is done, when you are declared the winner!
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