Mr. McGinn’s Committee City of Seattle Goals

December 14, 2009

Our Cities Goals in reference to Mr. McGinn’s Committee Goal 
Requirements
 
1) How can we build the strongest team possible?
 
2) How can we build trust?
 
3) And what is our biggest challenge?
 
1) Every team will have a completely different composition. This is 
of no small notice. However, also the reason for the team will be 
completely different also. The eventual function of the team or should 
I say the responsibility or end will vary. This will determine what is 
or will be needed. The City Attorney Peter Holmes was on a team. Some 
of the outside members disdained his comments on the team or committee. 
However, after interviewing him for the electoral process he did have 
direction and focus. This was absolutely counter to what was being or 
perceived as to what should be addressed by those very people who set 
the committee up.
 
From a business and organization standpoint all organizations will 
start out conservative and grow to being liberal. This is just a 
constant when setting up organizations. I do see that a good rule is 
to get a great variety of personalities assembled on the various 
committees. Setting up a conservative on the committee will refocus the 
efforts of a committee back to its beginning days. By the definition 
of conservative this would include different aspects of being 
conservative. Both fiscally and mentally. A person who is focus and 
driven is another individual who should be on such a committee. This 
is to keep the committee focused on a task and a person who has the 
ability to outline what that focus should or should not be. This would 
be paramount to any type of organization as the committee will always 
have a desire to trail off to some other endeavor or alternative focus. 
The off course you always need to have that individual who has the 
capability to be able to communicate with those outside of the 
committee. Without this capability there will be no need for the 
committee. There will be no finalization of a task which could be 
shown to the outside the committee world. No communication will equal 
no finalization or reality of purpose for the committee. This person 
should be the spokesman for and know how and who to communicate the 
findings to. This person will also be able to refocus the committee 
for clarification when needed so communications of importance can be 
assembled, gathered, and discussed. Without this communication one 
should be able to go to the Woodland Park Zoo and be able to get the 
same information one could collect from the zoo animals. Nothing!! 
Finally there should be someone who has the capability to actually do 
any type of math or legal or accounting type of calculating. This will 
keep the committee on track and will help in the organizational 
characteristics which would be legally, and accounting wise needed. 
There are of course other as addressing to ones personality. One who 
is an introvert and calculating and the extrovert who talks about 
everything but the subject at hand. But at least get the above so a 
well-functioning committee can have some basis. Then finally the 
individuals who actually do have educational backgrounds for the 
subject matter at hand. Do not have on a committee someone who does 
not have children and require them to understand a matter concerning 
education for children. But do have someone on an education committee 
to counter the outspokenness of those who are passionate about children 
and could quickly get side-tracked from the fundamental goal of a 
committee.
 
2) At the present time the building of trust for the City of Seattle 
is completely lacking outside of the City of Seattle. Foolishness from 
the past in rural Eastern Washington has left a semblance of trust on 
the riverbed being flushed down the stream by those citizens. The City 
of Seattle does either adversely or inadvertently affect other citizens 
from the far reaches of the State. This should continuously be kept in 
mind.

 Communication and immediate communication of what is happening is the 
key to all lengthy building of any type of trust. This must be 
vigilantly pursued and in the past I believe it has not. Committees 
which report one thing and get feedback from the citizens and further 
communication is not received back do have a communication trust 
problem. Mr. McGinn you should recall at the Southeast Seattle and 
especially at the Central Seattle area when at the Seattle Vocational 
Institute forum the citizenry just wanted to be left alone. They did 
not want to be harassed by the government and only when they desired 
communication would this be O.K. Sometimes the healing process can be 
difficult and burdensome. This seems like this could be one of those 
times. To forge ahead with standard as usual should not be the norm of 
the course which needs to be taken. Regular and frequent communication 
in both directions should be the policy. Feedback from the citizenry 
is important. There are four legs to government and not three. By 
developing and enforcing that communication to and from the fourth leg 
trust can be developed and forged for a new tomorrow and a stronger 
tomorrow also.
 
3) The biggest challenge is each one of the challenges. In the past 
all committees were separate and no communication would be talking with 
another. The thesis of a new tomorrow will have to be developed with 
communication to Seattle citizens, and those who are outside of the 
normal spectrum of communication. I am referring to communication to 
the rest of the State as well. This would strengthen not only our 
tourism but if done properly would strengthen our communication with 
the legislature. The Tunnel is an example of non-consistent 
communication with the legislature and establishing the City as the 
preferential needs basis City of the State. With proper communication 
and openness perhaps by accomplishing our Cities goals our goals can 
also be accomplished.

Advertisements