A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Your Country
We would all be delighted if all environmental issues in our respective countries could be resolved within a year. Equally, I’m also sure we’d all appreciate it if electricity, fuel, and gas prices could be cut in half at the same time.
We tend to blame our poor old pollies for a lot of the issues we face each day, but if you look at our countries as a business, I don’t think we should be directing our rage at people. To my mind, our systems are where the problems are, and we need to fix our overarching systems first before asking people to go about trying to fix the many issues we may have.
For the purposes of this article, we’ll attempt to fix up a fictitious country called ‘Sillyville’.
Sillyville will have a population of around 26.5 Million and 19.6 Million of those people will be aged between 18 and 70 years old and we’ll names this number of people ‘The workforce’.
2.5 Million of the 19.6 million workforce are employed by the various levels of government in Sillyville which is around 13%. Sillyville employs 365,000 at the federal level, 1.8 million at the state level and 200,000 at the local government level.
If you use a somewhat typical business ratio of 1 manager for every 15 workers on Sillyville’s 2.5 million total employees, there could be as many as 166,000 managers (decision makers) pumping out orders and directions to around 2.3 million employees.
Without even looking at the education, skills and experience of the 166,000 managers of Sillyville, you can start to see how too many cooks might be spoiling Sillyville’s broth.
Reducing the amount of decision makers in Sillyville.
Decision makers are essential they will have a huge impact on how well Sillyville performs. However, it can be detrimental the performance of a small country like Sillyville if it has too many decision-makers giving employees conflicting instructions.
The 2.3 million employees affected by this kind of situation will almost certainly feel confused and uncertain because they may not know what to focus on, what their priorities are, or what results that might be linked to their pay are expected of them. Decision-makers who may have divergent objectives, passions, viewpoints, or preferences and who may compete for power, influence, or recognition may become tense and at odds with one another as a result. So now we’ve got 166,000 angry and frustrated mangers running around Sillyville trying their very best to get people to listen to them and not the other managers.
Decision makers are now spending far too much time gathering negative information on other managers and spending copious amounts of Sillyville’s money on promotional campaigns, negotiating trade-offs and forming alliances with other managers they used to despise in order to get their policies and procedures implemented by the 2.3 million employees.
Employee morale plummets when they learn how much their managers are spending on consultants, self-promotion activities, and business class travel rather than fixing the leaking pipes, clogged toilets, and damaged roads around the company. Employees are even more perplexed when local area managers work in opposite directions from state managers, who in turn work in opposite directions from federal managers.
The situation appears to be unsustainable, and disgruntled employees are beginning to pack their belongings and relocate to other countries in search of happiness.
How detrimental has the mismanagement of Sillyville been?
The performance of Sillyville’s 2.3 million employees has been negatively influenced by their problematic 166,000 decision makers but there are also other factors external to their work environment that are making things worse such as:
Sillyville’s state governments used to own all of their power stations and it all used to work rather well. The cost of electricity was minimal and a lot of Sillyville’s state level employees enjoyed fulfilling careers in this industry. Then a few of Sillyville’s troubled mangers decided to sell off nearly all of their power stations to raise money for their promotional campaigns. They ended up decentralizing the entire electricity industry and eventually, the cost of electricity was so expensive that some employees couldn’t afford to use heaters in winter or air conditioners during summer, not if they wanted to be able to eat and pay for any medications they may need.
30 years ago in Sillyville, over 50% of workers used to live in very cheap housing that was provided by their State level managers. Sillyville would also supply a similar style of housing to non-government workers that were making a low level of income. Everyone was happy with their very affordable accommodation and because their electricity bills were so small, they were able to save money each month in the hope of buying their own home one day.
Training and development
Sillyville employees were once encouraged to attend technical college or university to learn new skills, and the cost of doing so was affordable to the average worker. However, since the unfortunate mismanagement of Sillyville in recent years, the government has failed to notice as some managers increased taxes and charges, significantly increasing the cost of living and reducing funding for learning institutions, resulting in education for poor people becoming unthinkable.
How bad is the current situation?
The above three factors, along with hundreds more, have made Sillyville a very difficult country for average workers to live in. Every week, more workers declare bankruptcy and become homeless, and those who still have some savings use that money to flee this once-near-perfect country in search of a better life elsewhere.
With Sillyville in financial disarray, no funds are available to address environmental concerns, and those employees who choose to stay are concerned about the type of country they are leaving for their children and grandchildren.
With the highest cost of living in Sillyville’s history, they now have the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line since statistics in this area were first recorded. As a result, crime rates are at an all-time high, and jails are overflowing with people for whom they have no answers.
Is it going to be possible to fix Sillyville?
Yes, as mentioned earlier in this article, the overarching systems are where Sillyville will be improved.
The first major change that should occur is the dissolution of the local level of governance, with the duties and responsibilities currently performed by Shire Councils being absorbed into the State Governments. The second step should be for all essential services such as power generation, waste management, sewerage treatment, water supply, police, and education, to become federal concerns. Federal standards should be developed for all essential services, and all decisions in these areas should be made at the federal level. Once implemented, the states’ only responsibility will be to ensure that the Federal Standards are met and maintained.
Local level employees will be transitioned into State and Federal roles. As there will be fewer managers required overall, current local level managers will be given rewarding alternate roles reporting to managers in their new areas.
Sillyville’s future will have a fresh and exciting focus.
The first thing to happen, even before transitional activities begin, is that all immigration to Sillyville will be halted indefinitely. The new strategy will be to focus on Sillyville’s current residents first, and once all necessary improvements have been made in this area, the topic of immigration may be revisited.
The second change, which will most likely occur concurrently with the above immigration changes, is that Wokeness will be a chargeable offence under state and federal laws. Woke comments will result in a $250 fine, and repeat offenders will be required to successfully complete a 16 week un-woking training course at their own expense (approximately $5,000).
Once all transitions are made within the structure of Sillyville, a major management role shake-up will need to take place.
Previously, Sillyville managers could be assigned to any management role within their group despite having no education or experience in the field. This antiquated practice will be phased out, and all management roles will be rewritten to include minimum education and practical experience requirements that are directly related to each role and best serve the workers under their supervision. As an interim measure whilst recruitment activities are carried about to align requirements to roles, specialist consultants will be appointed to assist managers with their day to day activities.
A seven-point plan for Sillyville's future.
The above seven plan components will
be the foundation blocks for developing every management role in Sillyville.
There will be substantial improvements
to all essential services via application of these points and with the vast
savings that will be incurred, the 1 trillion dollars of foreign debt
Sillyville has can be paid off in under 12 years, advanced new technology power
stations will be built by the federal power manager and the
1. What is
The process of making things adhere to
a common set of rules, formats, or definitions is known as
standardization. Standardization can
aid in the enhancement of consistency, compatibility, and productivity.
2. What is Value
The process of increasing the worth or
usefulness of something by adding features, services, or improvements is known
as Value Adding. Value Adding systems
and processes can help boost customer satisfaction, loyalty, and profitability.
3. What is
Efficiency is a measure of how
successfully something uses its resources to achieve its objectives. Efficiency can aid in the reduction of waste,
costs, and time.
4. What is
Conformance is the degree to which
something meets the expectations or requirements of a standard, specification,
or regulation. A level of conformance can be determined by whether something
met quality criteria or safety standards.
Conformance in our workplace ensures dependability, safety, and
satisfaction by all key stakeholders.
5. What is Data
The degree to which data is correct,
precise, and error-free is defined as data accuracy. Data accuracy can be
improved by validating, verifying, and correcting data sources. Businesses will
almost certainly benefit from high-risk decision making, analysis, and
reporting when data accuracy is assured.
6. What are
A quality system is a set of policies,
procedures, and tools used by a company to ensure the quality of its products,
services, or processes. Governance and guidance documentation, high standards
of planning and scheduling, quality control, quality assurance, and continuous
improvement processes are all required ingredients for a company seeking
Quality Systems accreditation. Customer requirements, regulatory compliance,
and continuous improvement can all be aided by quality systems.
7. What is
Rationalization is the process of reorganizing
or restructuring something to make it more efficient or logical. For example, rationalization
may entail the elimination of redundant or obsolete systems, processes, or
resources. Rationalization can help to improve performance, reduce complexity,
and save money.