For people that don’t know me, I’m a fairly easy person to get along with. Not very much disturbs me, except when it comes to waste, redundancies, and lack of pure old common sense.
All this talk this past week about the US Fiscal Budget has me really disturbed, so much, that I’m embarrassed. Do you actually mean to tell me that for the past couple of years we are spending more than we are bringing in for a loss of approximately 1 Trillion per year? Consultant or no consultant, it’s clear that this is not only a recipe for disaster, but the officials that run our country need to take “Budget 101” and “Adhering to the Budget 201.”
How did this happen? Who is responsible for this?
I often wish I had a Government role that came with a Badge that I could flash around that gave me power over everyone! But let me be clear, I do not want the President’s job. I’ll let the President be President and attend all the fancy dinners and be the Face of our Country. After all, I don’t need this; I am a person with solutions, a person of results, and a person who likes a challenge and is not afraid to roll his sleeves up.
If I did have this job of power, Badge in hand, the first thing I would do is personally fire those that had any involvement and or knowledge of this up side down budget. I mean, why would anyone disagree with me here? Do you actually feel comfortable knowing that these Government officials run our country, but yet cannot make even the most basic decisions correctly? I hope not. They certainly do not meet the standards that I would want in any members of my team and I think you would agree.
If the government were a business, this would not happen! Decisions would be based only after looking at the budget, determining the Return on Investment (ROI), and the systems and processes it effects. And if you didn’t, guess what, bye bye. No sympathy from me; it’s not your budget, it’s ours, the “People,” the actual “Shareholders” and “Stakeholders” of this Country. Officials under me will be accountable and measured by how much waste they eliminate and how much value they create.
I’m not going to sit on my laurels anymore. Remember, I’m a person of ACTION. The first thing I’m going to need to see when taking on this initiative is a business process map from each Federal Agency defining each process, frequency, and the amount of effort of each task. Worried about your job and all of the (laws that protect you), you should be, remember, I have the badge; the Badge of Power. Give me a reason to maintain an inefficient process and or an employee who is mediocre at best and I’ll most likely let you go, that is of course unless you have a good reason.
I want full transparency, a risk register, no politics, no pork barreling, just plain old numbers. I want to be able to pull up my dashboard and view the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) from each agency and hold them accountable. While we’re at it, I want employee performance measures and bonuses—Give me a reason to reward you; give me a reason to keep you. If we don’t need you, well guess what? Last I checked, this was still an employer’s market. I have a great pool of candidates to choose from. If you want any favor from me, you better start thinking about efficiencies from a total process point of view instead of just your defined role. And please, stop hiding behind the laws that protect your position, because guess what? After I fire those that knowingly allow our expenditures to exceed taxable revenue, I will personally repeal the law that protects you. So you better be prepared on the value you create.
I know this is a challenge, but I’m prepared to do it. Give me the Badge! Call it my Civic Service but give me a nice performance value contract, and I’ll close the budget, increase efficiencies, and performance.
These are My Two Cents! What are yours?
If you want my Badge of Power, leave an Issue with a Solution below on how you would make steps to balance the Federal Budget. This will be fun!
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