Retired US Navy Admiral Michael Colley likes this quote of John Paul Jones:
"an officer should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate, though at the same time he should be quick and unfailing to distinguish error from malice, thoughtlessness from incompetence, and well-meant shortcoming from heedless or stupid blunder."
This is good advise for working with employees.
This is also good advise for the LPIN's officers, Central Committee members, county chairs, campaign managers, candidates and other leaders. While our activists are not our subordinates, this analysis is useful for distinguishing the good activists from the bad activists. Even the best of our leaders have bad days, and so do our activists. Be sure that the occasional mistake is really due to malice, incompetence or heedless/stupid blunder before judging the helpfulness of our activists.
Colley is a Libertarian and serves on the Libertarian National Committee.