Living in Glendale, Arizona for the last seven years, our community and city government has experienced the highs and lows like so many other communities around the nation have enjoyed and endured. However, we have some unique problems such as incredibly high levels of debt to finance professional sports facilities that aren’t providing the dividends once thought.
Our city government has serious structural budget issues and the most difficult decisions have yet to be made about what they intend to scale back; you can only close so many libraries and lay-off so many lifeguards – these are not tough decisions. I’ve spoken to several members of the city council and asked them each “what was plan B?” – no replies.
Too many problems today have been assigned to the economic tsunami – it’s not the culprit for short-sighted and overly optimistic public policy, is it? So, I ask you what is your own Plan B? How about your organizations? How are you and your organization’s leaders planning for various scenarios? Simply extrapolating trends has created much of the mess we’re in – people banked future decisions on letting the good times roll!
As a self-employed business owner, I’m always being mindful of the competitive terrain – what are my competitors doing differently than me, are they obtaining more clients, how about their services? Add to that, how about the financial viability of my clients, which by the way are entirely governments? I’m continually aggregating forces for change and simultaneously dis-assembling them so I can leverage emerging opportunities. Plan B, think about it for you and your career. Plan now or pay later, it’s as simple as that. Let’s continue our journey in getting better all the time.