I have just experienced a micro-example of the macro-disaster that is our government bureaucracy. I must say, if this experience is replicated only thirty percent of the time, we are wasting enormous amounts of taxpayer money.
We were excited to embark on a new venture – a consulting practice that would allow us to share some of the hard lessons we have learned about organizations and business strategy with others. We were particularly excited to receive designation as a veteran-owned, woman-owned business, thinking that would provide an opportunity to work with the government.
Two years later, I can say that consulting to the government is more politically charged than our government leaders, and the perfect example of building such a rigid infrastructure for one purpose, that causes unintended, myriad, costly ripple effects. (more…)