Is there a better way to run Government?
Four years ago, after several drinks with friends, we came up with the idea at a party with people who are involved in politics, some more than others that we should run together. It was prior to the NYC mayor race. The concept we came up with is essentially a group of people who each had very different skills but together could be a force, would be a new way to run Government.
I remembered the conversation after reading my friend Carmen Busquets Instagram’s lamenting grief for her country, Venezuela. It is immense greed and corruption that has destroyed her country. As a nation, we are literally watching a country be taken apartment by extremists. It is so sad on multiple levels.
Boards run companies. Some work better than others but it keeps the President or the Chairman of that board in check. There always has to be a leader and there are several different roles held on boards based on the skills and interest of each board member. You can agree to disagree but when decisions are made and the vision is no longer moving in the right direction, or there is massive mismanagement, it is time to get a new leader. The leader doesn’t always leave but they take on a different role. There might be rifts but it is mostly civilized.
As Carmen asked, as we talked about at the party four years ago, what if a board ran the Government? There are boards around leaders of the world but most of them are hand-picked to execute on the leaders’ vision with zero push-backs. That is what we are seeing in Governments around the globe and it leads to dictatorships such as Syria, Turkey, Venezuela. History shows us exactly what happens when dictators take over. Nothing good. It is not pretty.
Perhaps each board member would be elected with four years terms. It would force the board to consist of a very diverse group of people, perhaps some from different parties. They would have to constantly compromise to move forward with the leaders’ vision in mind, but maybe they would think differently about how to run a country or a state or a city through a very different set of eyes that reflect everyone one of us.
Is it time to change Government?