A Path to Prosperity
What does a Prosperous New Brunswick look like?
In my previous posts I focused on the primary governance tools for effective management of corporations. There are two critical processes in successfully running an organization that are also applicable to governments these are Strategic Planning and Performance Management Systems. I suggested that the province of New Brunswick first focus on Strategic Planning.
Strategic Planning at the Premiers office level and initially for the total overall governance level is the first step. When looking at the sequence of steps in undertaking this exercise. The Vision Statement starts the process.
I have reviewed government documents, press releases and economic development plan reports and have seen many references to OUR VISION but cannot find one overall vision for New Brunswick that has been citizens driven. A vision is long term and does not change but possibly tweaked.
A vision is created by the people for the people. For New Brunswick it reflects that thing we always talked about but never documented "What does a prosperous New Brunswick look like? How do we know if we have achieved it? In corporate terms "Why do government exist and what do we want them to accomplish and how do we know if they are on track" It must be measured with values that are relevant, have integrity, monitored and used as the principal benchmarks for all governments in setting goals and strategies.
The interesting thing about a measurable vision it is long term, Elections are not designed to give political parties the authority to change visions. This is a separate bipartisan task to be held every 6 years within a commission reflecting the voice of New Brunswickers. An election is to change personal with assumed better plans to accomplish the citizen’s developed vision of the province.
Would you or any other investor invest in any organization that does not have a vision for WHAT prosperous looks like and HOW and WHEN it will accomplished. I am sure no one would invest so why should the tax payers of New Brunswick invest their money in the province that does not have a vision and a path to prosperity.
If we have a New Brunswick Vision for prosperity please send me a copy. If not then let us develop one and a path to obtain the vision of a Prosperous New Brunswick