MEAN­ING­LESS PHRASES

Melville Times - - Opinion -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Coun­cil­lor Steve Kepert on his ef­forts to steer our Coun­cil in some sort of di­rec­tion, first up by hav­ing a clear mis­sion state­ment.

Warm and fuzzy coun­cil phrases like “age friendly” and “ur­ban for­est” are fine but mean­ing­less if not put into prac­tice, as is the City’s vi­sion state­ment men­tioned by Cr Clive Ro­bart­son: work­ing to­gether to achieve com­mu­nity well be­ing for to­day and to­mor­row.

All or­gan­i­sa­tions’ man­age­ment plans start with a mis­sion state­ment, fol­lowed up by ob­jec­tives, strate­gies, tac­tics, spe­cific tasks and jobs .

For Cr Guy Wieland to say “your ac­tions are your mis­sion state­ment” and that mis­sion state­ments are out­dated is to say that Google, Nike, Ox­fam, RSPCA and most suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions don’t know what they are do­ing.

If the Coun­cil had a clear mis­sion, strate­gies, ob­jec­tives, tac­tics, tasks and jobs, there would be no need for a lo­cal gov­ern­ment in­quiry into the func­tion­ing of the Coun­cil.

There would be less elec­tor com­plaints, meet­ings and ratepayer dis­tress. KARL KELERS, Al­fred Cove

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