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  LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT.

Selected by Zeeshan Ahmed Khan
Oct 10 - 16, 2005

GOVERNMENT DECENTRALIZATION

Re-privatization will restore strength and performance capacity to sick and incapacitated government.

'Decentralization' applied to government would not be just another form of 'federalism' in which local rather than central government discharges the 'doing' tasks. It would rather be a systematic policy of using the other, the non-governmental institutions of the society of organizations, for the actual 'doing', that is, for performance, operations, execution.

Government would start out by asking the question: "How do these institutions work and what can they do?" It would then ask: "How can political and social objectives be formulated and organized in such a manner as to become opportunities for performance for these institutions?" It would then ask: "And what opportunities for accomplishment of political objectives do the abilities and capacities of these institutions offer to government?" Re-privatization will not weaken government. Indeed, its main purpose is to restore strength and performance capacity to sick and incapacitated government. We cannot go much further along the road on which government has been traveling. All we can get this way is more bureaucracy and not more performance.

ACTION POINT: Draft a proposal to turn a social program into an opportunity for your organization or one you might start.

THE AGE OF DISCONTINUITY

PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT

Every government is a 'government of forms'

Government is a poor manager. It is, of necessity, concerned with procedure, and it is also, of necessity, large and cumbersome. Government is also properly conscious of the fact that it administers public funds and must account for every penny. It has no choice but to be 'bureaucratic'. Whether government is a 'government of laws' or a 'government of men' is debatable. But every government is, by definition, a 'government of forms." This means inevitably high costs.

But, the purpose of government is to make fundamental decisions, and to make them effectively. The purpose of government is to focus the political energies of society. It is to dramatize issues. It is to present fundamental choices. The purpose of government, in order words, is to govern. This, as we have learned, in other institutions, is incompatible with 'doing'. Any attempt to combine governing with 'doing' on a large scale, paralyzes the decision-making capacity. Business has had to face, on a much smaller scale, the problem that modern government now faces: the incompatibility between 'governing' and 'doing'. Business management learned that the two have to be separated, and that the top organ, the decision maker, has to be detached from 'doing'. Otherwise he does not make decision, and the 'doing' does not get done either. In business this goes by the name of 'decentralization'.

ACTION POINT: What are some clear examples of nonprofit organizations that are doing a better job addressing a social problem than a government agency?

The Age of Discontinuity

BUSINESS WISDOM

>> "He who does not hope to win has already lost."

JOSE JOAQUIN OLMEDO (1780-1847), Ecuadorian statesman and poet.

>>"The winners in life begin by fantasizing their own 'scripts', as if their lives were a magnificent, epic motion picture for which they had been chosen as writer, producer, director and star."

DENIS WAITLEY, American personal development counselor, lecturer, and author.

"He who waits to every man's advice will have a crooked house."

Danish Proverb

"Money, like dung, does no good till 'tis spread."

THOMAS FULLER M.D. (1654-1734), British physician and author.

"You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate."

ANON

"Companies can't promise lifetime employment, but by constant training and education we may be able to guarantee lifetime employability."

JACK WELCH, American Industrialist, CEO of General electric company.

"Dealing with customers takes knowledge, time, and patience after all, if salespeople don't have that, they should look for another line of work."

LEE IACOCCA, American automotive industry leader, former CEO of Chrysler Motors.

"To win without risk is to triumph without glory."

PIERRE CORNEILLE (1606-84), French poet.

 
 

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