Monday, July 25, 2016

About coordination

We're all supposed to coordinate. That's written somewhere in the PM literature and taught in bureaucracy school everywhere. And so I was impressed with this bit of wit:
"Successful coordinating mechanisms depend on mutuality. The greatest chance of success derives from mutual benefit tied to sufficiently high priority programs
... "[beware of the] weak coordinating level of [just] interaction rather than [the stronger leverage] in budgeting and policy"
Dr. L. Parker Temple, III 
Policy advisor to President Reagan
The message is clear
  • Money talks
  • Follow the money
In the public sector, and certainly also in large private organizations, personal power and prestige and organization power and influence count for a lot.

It's all well and good to coordinate, so long as I don't lose anything in the deal. Even better: What's mine is mine and what's yours is also mine ... so long as it's gained by coordination!

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