Publicity, platitudes and promises

Major election year or minor election year, the air is filled with publicity, platitudes and promises.

The impact of the publicity typically depends on the size of the campaign chest.  The platitudes are often based on market research for emotional response. 

And ah, the promises.  How can candidates promise the equivalent of “a chicken in every pot”?  Actually:

  1. They don’t have any chickens
  2. They can’t afford to buy that many chickens
  3. Many people no longer have a pot big enough for a whole chicken
  4. And a significant number of people don’t even have a pot

They can’t just offer half-baked remedies and then go shake some more hands.  Fixing complex problems depends on following a rational process, such as:

  1. Involve the right people: leaders, experts, influencers, and affected groups
  2. Define the problem and its root causes
  3. Agree on the goals of the solution
  4. Evaluate alternatives and develop the solution
  5. Do it
  6. Track progress and make sure that the goals are achieved

We need real results from our politicians, not more servings of publicity, platitudes and promises followed by big bowls of finger pointing for dessert.  

George M. Pomonik
Pomonik Consulting, Inc.
“Chaos Removal Services”SM
www.pomonik.com

Copyright © George M. Pomonik, 2012. All rights reserved.

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