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THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART III)

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(Part 3 of a 4 part series

Part III: John Scalzi Was No Moses – Evaluation of Leadership & the Potential to Lead

 Philosophically, I’m opposed to having only one candidate for a leadership position of any organization I am involved with. I don’t think it speaks well for the organizational health of the body; it suggests an apathetic membership. One can debate whether the membership is apathetic because the organization is not useful enough to be engaged in, or whether the membership is simply apathetic in a general sense (or both). Whatever the cause, it’s not an encouraging sign.” [Emphasis added]

–         John Scalzi

John Scalzi, in prior SFWA elections, ran for office unopposed. Has his opinion changed since 2007? Or, is this flip-flopping and waffling? Let’s evaluate Scalzi’s term in office and use some questions as the criteria (or balancing test) to evaluate the fitness of the 2013 candidates (i.e. Theodore Beale & Steven Gould). If you are a SFWA member, you should consider these prior to casting your vote.

In reviewing Scalzi’s departure sermon, do we really need to be made aware of his “personal” triumphs while he held office? It’s really no big secret that Scalzi (who wrote several books while in office), Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin have used their positions with the SFWA to expand their marketing activities. True Leadership involves self-sacrifice . . . not self-promotion.

“ . . .  [I]f I am elected president, you should know now that I will view the position as something I am doing in addition to my writing career, not something of equal importance. I might as well be honest with you on that score.” [Emphasis added]

–         John Scalzi

A true leader identifies completely with his/her people (membership), their purpose and is willing to give up everything for them. Did Scalzi epitomize this kind of leadership? How much did he give of himself? That is, did he devote himself to undertaking the duties and fulfilling his responsibilities relative to strengthening the SFWA membership? How much did he sacrifice? Did he sacrifice everything or was his own self-interest and self-promotion a version of his own “Golden Calf”? How encompassing was his commitment to the SFWA and its membership? Did his commitment extend to every member of the SFWA . . .  or, was it handed out arbitrarily or selectively? What steps were taken, during his term in office, to ensure the timely filing of compliance documents with state and federal officials?

“I’ve never expected SFWA to do anything for me because I require nothing from it. However, I have the luxury of regarding my membership as an affectation; other members of SFWA might actually want it to do something useful for them. I happen to think SFWA can be useful; I happen to think it doesn’t do a particularly good job of being useful.”

–         John Scalzi

Conversely, to what degree were all members of the SFWA able to connect with Scalzi? Was he accessible? How much influence did he weld? How effective has his leadership been? Are there still SFWA members that are in exile? As a “shepherd” did he sustain the external faith (i.e. non-members) in the organization . . .  thereby causing individuals to actually want to join the organization? Did he nurture faith (or doubt) with the members of the organization? Did the membership grow or deplete during his term in office? (Note: Beale and Gould have both raised concerns about “membership” in their platforms.) Did he take steps to effectuate a positive culture within the SFWA?

I’ve never expected SFWA to do anything for me because I require nothing from it. However, I have the luxury of regarding my membership as an affectation; other members of SFWA might actually want it to do something useful for them. I happen to think SFWA can be useful; I happen to think it doesn’t do a particularly good job of being useful

–         John Scalzi

During Scalzi’s term in office, based on the answers to these questions, what standards, if any, did he set for future Presidents of the SFWA? Would either of the two candidates want to emulate any of his leadership qualities . . .  or merely view it as an “affection”? A true leader is able to extend his commitment to everyone . . . even those that rise direct in opposition to his own values, beliefs and concerns. Your own answers to these questions should help you evaluate both of the 2013 candidates. In addition, we hope that the candidates internalize these criteria and update their platforms to address the SFWA’s current short comings.

“I’ve been a SFWA member long enough to know that it’s a fairly thankless position, with lots of herding cats and dealing with aggravating minutiae, and I have a career to look after at the moment.”

 –         John Scalzi

In our opinion, Scalzi was no Moses in terms of his leadership and commitment to the SFWA. The past election results appear to indicate that his popularity was questionable. In addition, upon first review of the current platforms, it appears that a vote for Steven Gould is a vote for John Scalzi.

COMING SOON:

Part IV: Organizational Partisanship & Biasness: The Need for Change

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REFERENCES

Annual Reports of SFWA are (were) a Fantasy: Conflicts with Bi-Laws, Responsible Leadership and Timeliness | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/annual-reports-of-sfwa-are-were-a-fantasy-conflicts-with-bi-laws-responsible-leadership-and-timeliness/

Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™ | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/dissention-on-the-rise-within-the-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-sfwa-scalzis-departure-raises-concern-about-undesirable-presidential-candidates-and-the-future-of-writer-beware/

I Am NOT Running For SFWA President (Again) (Again) (Again) – Whatever. (n.d.).Whatever. Retrieved from http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/01/14/i-am-not-running-for-sfwa-president-again-again-again/

Self-Promotion on Writer Beware™ . . . It’s an Everyday Occurance | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/self-promotion-on-writer-beware-its-an-everyday-occurance/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART I) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-i/

Whatever: SFWA President: I’m a Write-In Candidate. (n.d.). Scalzi.com — The online home of writer John Scalzi. Retrieved from http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004960.html

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THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART II)

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Crispin, John Scalzi, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on March 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm

(Part 2 of a 4 part series)

PART II – Perfect Candidate vs. Perfect Patsy

For now, the jury is still out on the 2013 SFWA election. Most importantly, the decision rests solely with those that can actually vote in this process; any of the smears against Theodore Beale that are being posted by non-SFWA members (i.e. “flying monkeys”) are inconsequential.

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(photo credit: Keith Stokes, The MidAmerican Fan Photo Archive)

Bradley Denton, Steven Gould Announce Engagement

 As the public face for the SFWA, John Scalzi has come out with a show of support for Steven Gould. Considering Scalzi’s ongoing feud with Theodore Beale, it was predictable that this would happen. Nevertheless, Scalzi’s support of Gould, which is obviously transparent and intentionally vague, fails to provide specific examples of Gould’s experiences, if any, in leadership roles. Interestingly, Scalzi even used qualifying language (i.e. “If Steven becomes President . . . .” emphasis added); which may serve to demonstrate his own doubts on whether Gould can actually win the election.

We find it highly unusual that an outgoing President of an organization would endorse a candidate; but not for Scalzi. If you read between the lines, in this endorsement, it appears to be laden with innuendo and a few slams against Beale; albeit indirect. What are the take-aways (hidden agenda) from his endorsement of Gould? Let’s make some assumptions from Scalzi’s childish schoolyard endorsement:

Scalzi: “Steven Gould has announced that he is running for the position. This makes me happy, and I fully and unreservedly endorse him for president of SFWA.”

Assumption 1: Theodore Beale is running for SFWA President and this makes “Johnny” Scalzi very unhappy.

Scalzi: “I’ve known Steve . . . as a friend . . . .”

Assumption 2: “Johnny” Scalzi doesn’t “know” Theodore Beale. He’s not a friend of “Johnny” Scalzi’s and he shouldn’t be your friend either.

Scalzi: “Steve is very simply a person I trust . . . .”

Assumption 1: “Johnny” Scalzi doesn’t trust Theodore Beale nor should you.

Scalzi: “He’s (Gould) a grown-up . . . .”

Assumption 3: Theodore Beale isn’t grown up.

Scalzi: “Steve Gould is my friend . . . .”

Assumption 4: Theodore Beale is not “Johnny” Scalzi’s friend and he shouldn’t be your’s.

Scalzi: “He (Gould) has my vote, and if you are SFWA member, I hope that you will give him your vote as well.”

Assumption 5: Don’t vote for Theodore Beale.

It’s awesome intrigue devised by Scalzi.  Coming from an outgoing President of a non-profit organization . . .  how grown up little “Johnny” is!

Beale has plenty of time to appeal to the undecided and untainted SFWA voters . . . and contrary to popular belief . . . there’s a lot of them! More importantly, he has the opportunity to appeal to the SFWA members that have not voted in the past. Therefore, Theodore Beale could ultimately bring John Scalzi’s, Victoria Strauss’ and their minions worst fear to fulfillment. That is, Theodore Beale winning the 2013 SFWA election and being named the President of the SFWA.

Theodore Beale is a Threat to Victoria Strauss and Possibly to Writer Beware

 “SFWA members: this year it’s IMPORTANT to vote in the upcoming officer elections. Theodore Beale, a.k.a. Vox Day, is running for SFWA President. If you know the name, you’ll know why that’s scary. If you don’t, read the post below… My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead.” [Emphasis added]

 Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

“If he did win, he’d be like the dog that caught the car–Holy shit. This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?

Victoria Strauss

Considering that Victoria Strauss came out in swinging in opposition (she may very well have been the first to do so publicly against Beale), the unfair commentary by Strauss (and others) may be sufficient enough to sway opposing factions within the SFWA to actually put Beale into office. Frankly, Beale should be flattered by all of the attention that he has garnered. It’s clearly an indication that supports his validity as a real candidate.

COMING SOON:

Part III: John Scalzi Was No Moses – Evaluation of Leadership & the Potential to Lead

REFERENCES

My Endorsement for SFWA President: Steven Gould – Whatever. (n.d.). Whatever. Retrieved from http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/02/25/my-endorsement-for-sfwa-president-steven-gould/

The Write Agenda: The Right Company to Keep | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/the-write-agenda-the-right-company-to-keep/

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Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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