I have a very short work history with the Public Sector and yet I have heard this adage more than any other “Government is not like Business” or some version thereof. I don’t understand this expression, tenet, belief, dogma… do I need expound further.
I understand the financing principles are different. I submit to the lower pay scale. I accept the reporting and transparency regulations. Now how about the other 50K things Government does in a day?
How can the application of efficiencies, change management and accountability measures, used in the Private sector, often with great success (excluding the corporate bailouts) not apply ito the business of providing services? Are we only losing good talent to the Corporate world due to pay or are there other inherent “problems” and thought processes that can be as burdensome? How do the voices of those interested in applying these techniques find a foothold and move the great wheel of government and delivery of services away from ingrained and often false operational belief systems?
What are your thoughts?