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Trimming Bureaucracy

Here?s a tip for ?cutting the fat? out of government budgets.

This is ?fat? that could be cut - wiped of the books - without anyone ever becoming aware that it happened. This fat are those ?very busy? people, hidden deep inside government departments, far beyond contact with the real world, who are ?in-charge of getting ready?, and otherwise, doing nothing, but always ?getting ready?. They don?t just sit around however. They appear very busy?. going to meetings in another building somewhere else.

These meetings are ?interdepartmental? and ?cross-discipline?. That is because there is much need to ?collaborate? to be able to solve problems. These folks couldn?t just get together and ?collaborate? without first being trained. It would be a disaster if they should mis-collaborate. They don?t train people how to accomplish a task, they train trainers how to train, and then train each other to test their train-the-trainers training.

Before they are accepted into this rarified atmosphere of the ?getting ready? group, they must first be fluent in the sociological jargon of the enterprise. They don?t hold meetings; they ?conduct dialogues?. They don?t talk with each other; they ?share?. They don?t attempt to convince one another; they ?seek joint ownership of ideas?.

This class of government employee is usually found in middle management, and in every department. They are without titles that make them easily identifiable. These trainers, collaborators and dialoguers make big bucks for never getting beyond the ?getting ready? stage. A correct title would be ?government fat?, so that they could easily be lined out of government budgets, and thereby removed.

In some respects, however, they are easily identified. Just watch for the people who are always on their way to a meeting, ?..and tell them not to bother coming back to the office.

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