..... for the Bank of Scotland? They end with "Less talk!"
One has a wedding as the setting. When the minister asks the groom to say "I do". the groom turns around and says, "That depends on what you mean by 'I do' have we studied all of the ramifications of this merger? (blah, blah) Who among us can say we are prepared to be sure?" The Best Man steps into his place by the bride and says, "I am."
The other has a group hiking in the woods, and one is caught in quicksand. As he sinks, the rest start talking about the problem solving, forming committees, etc. Just before he disappears, they finally throw him a rope.
What I don't get is why city governments hire outside "consultants" at huge costs to report on plans for this or that. They don't get into projected costs or anything else concrete. They just issue a report that the city has a plan for this or that.
Bureaucracy??and the government kind, local, State or Federal, with all of it?s check-lists is the worst,
(1) A need arises and is recognized in an agency or department. They start to plan immediate action to seriously consider thinking about discussing a plan to talk about contemplating how best to address the issue.
(2) Having put the planning on a priority basis, some year and a half later, they call another meeting to discuss the potential of taking a preliminary step to create a pilot program.
A year later, and a ?draft? pilot program is ready for review. Repeat step (1)).
Another year and a ?finalized? pilot program estimated to cost two million is proposed to the legislature in the hopes of obtaining funding.
Two more years after repeating steps (1) and (2) funding for one million is in place, accompanied by a few billion for the secret projects attached, commonly referred to as ?ear marks?.
Now it?s four to six years later, and we?re back to steps (1) and (2) in developing implementation plans.
But now it?s an election year. Anything not directly related to getting votes doesn?t see the light of day.
And all government employees are either ?getting ready for a meeting? or ?going to a meeting?.
Sound familiar ?