Friday, September 09, 2011

Moving Forward with Strategy

Strategy in the public sector is a very difficult endeavor. There are a lot of moving parts to consider. One, there are many values and objectives to consider. Two, there are varying definitions for the relevant metrics and measurements. And three, there is a reluctance to exclusion, and a perception of the possibility of inclusion.

This post will not answer the question of how to move forward with a good strategy for a public organization or institution. Rather, I would like to highlight the importance of creating new forms of syntax and linguistics to better aggregate values and objectives. We have been taught to dwell on our differences to extend the debate of anything. But, we have yet to develop a mechanism to collect the similarities in values and goals to move the conversation forward.

For example, why did we spend all that time on the healthcare debate, with ridiculous concerns? We could have started with a vote among our representatives, or the people, with an initial question - "Is healthcare a right or privilege?", and this could shape the path moving forward.

This is just a random thought.

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