I am a political junkie. I love politics. I listen to all the podcasts on politics; I read about what is happening in our Federal Parliament all the time.
So I have been listening to a lot of podcasts over the last few months about the fallout from the last election that everyone – even the pundits – thought the ALP was going to win.
And it got me thinking. There would be a lot of people who are very happy with the outcome and there would be a lot of people who were incredibly disappointed and stressed by the result.
But despite that, there are no protests, no fighting in the streets or pubs. There is a bit of right-wing/left-wing banter and debate on various media platforms, as anticipated. But nothing out of the ordinary.
We accept the outcome. Australia voted and that is what it is.
And yet the same can not be true of some of the Committees that I have sat on or worked with.
Often issues are not resolved because everyone talks and talks (or tells them what they think) and they can’t to an agreement so they keep the issue alive in the hope that they are going to come to an agreement, often by attrition.
Firstly, we don’t have to agree but we do need to make decisions and move on. Not making decisions can create an unsafe environment. This is because there is a constant threat of change but nothing happens. People don’t know where they stand. Not making a decision is often favouring those people who don’t want change. It creates resentment.
Create a process where people get an opportunity to put their case, to provide evidence and to inform. Give people equal speaking time to talk to the issue. Use a timer so that the process is fair. And then make a decision. Vote. And move on.
Train the people in the Committee that processes will be followed. Don’t give people false hope. It’s not fair and it’s unsafe.