So here we go again. Another debt ceiling crisis in our government. I’ve spoken about this in past blog posts and I certainly don’t want to be redundant but, after all this is a redundant problem. I don’t want to sound corny and quote the band Smash Mouth “why can’t we be friends” but this crisis certainly does beg that question.
We all know how important it is in business and our personal lives to have the ability to get along as our main goal. But those folks in Washington just don’t get it, do they? It seems to them that there is an “I” in team or maybe a better point is that there just ain’t no team.
I have spent a great deal of my career helping organizations to function more productively and efficiently. There is no magic in this. Success is all about working together as a cohesive unit where everyone pulls in the same direction. To do this effectively, you have to do a few things.
- Making sure all parties agree with and at the very least, accept the objectives and goals set by leadership
- Insure the freedom and safety for everyone to offer ideas including competing ideas in a respectful manner
- Having a mindset that is about alignment wherein all participants in the process want the same thing; a successful outcome.
This doesn’t seem to be what regularly occurs in our government however. Quite the contrary all of the parties seem to feel that only their agenda and ideology is the answer. I once heard it said that successful outcomes occur when all parties feel like they have lost something. That runs counter to our current governmental situation where each party feels that only 100% victory should be the outcome.
Like any other workplace, compromise and the desire to serve the needs of the customer should be the primary objective. Too bad we can’t put all of these government officials on a “performance improvement plan”.
Author: Bernie Dyme