Posted by Mike Smith
Many business and community leaders come to regret sleeping through key social studies/civics classes as kids – they can’t tell which Governments can do what things, and sometimes have only a vague notion there are different levels of Governments*. A client, a couple of years ago, had a project requiring both State and Federal approvals. He found the policies and people at Federal level really aggravating – they had potential to cause project failure. Before he went to see the relevant State Minister, we worked with him to identify issues to be raised, and what he needed to get from the meeting. Instead of those, he complained exclusively about his Federal Government difficulties. At the end, this busy Minister threw his hands in the air and said “There’s nothing I can do to help – these are all Federal issues – good bye!” The self-indulgence of wasting everyone’s time was one thing, but his refusal to understand and work within the different roles of different levels of Government contributed to that project’s demise. Here are three graphics to help you get the difference – in Australia, at least. If you would like copies of these three graphics as PowerPoint slides, please get in touch. * www.metrolyrics.com/tears-before-bedtime-lyrics-elvis-costello.html ** Political tragics like me struggle to understand this lack of enthusiasm for facts Governmental.
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