The start of a new year brings new hopes and aspirations. Sadly, it could signal another year of the same mindset. With a new U.S. Congress in place, many taxpayers see the same old partisan politics. Yet, the serious conditions of our nations require shared vision and cooperation. Our nation reached a notorious milestone with the government debt at all-time high of $14 trillion.
If a visitor from outer space came to America, the alien would probably discern that most citizens believe that the US government system is ineffective, the employees incompetent, and the system broken. Clearly, our federal government possesses significant structural weaknesses and problems. However, the federal government workforce is highly competent and talented. Yet, my experience demonstrates that the dearth of good leadership is the biggest problem in the federal government.
I should know much about this situation. I have worked in the federal government over 20 years. In fact, I have conducted extensive research on organizational effectiveness in the public sector. Dr. Gary Roberts (Interim Dean of the School of Government) and I have spent several years on the issues facing the government sector. Some of this research was captured in our new book, Impending Danger. The book analyzes the current problems in the federal system and explains why a new paradigm, in leadership and structure, is necessary.
With growing discontent with government officials and the intrusion of big government into personal affairs, Americans are demanding something different. Therefore, government leaders must recognize that many Americans are unsatisfied with the status quo. This outright anger and outrage speaks to individuals not getting their voices heard by political leaders. This revelation may signal a significant flaw in elected and appointed federal leadership.
What market drivers will change how the federal government operates and how do you infuse a different type of leadership beyond partisan politics?
© 2011 by Daryl D. Green