Question 1) How can we best prevent such a catastrophe?
1. Urgently begin reducing our use of fossil fuels
2. Move key facilites and communities away from the sea
3. Form global committees to set future targets for someone else to meet
Question 1a) Given the nature of the problem, who should we seek to advise us
1. A panel of atmospheric scientists and climatologists
2. Leading scientists and creative thinkers from around the world
3. An economist
Question 1c) To assure the best environmental protection should you rely on…
1. An environmental scientist?
2. A wholistic ecologist?
3. A rock singer?
Question 2) If fuel and food prices rise and taxpayers are under financial stress, do you…
1. Improve government efficiency and cut taxes?
2. Find ways to reduce taxpayers expenses?
3. Keep increasing charges (e.g. rates, power) to cover the rising costs of fuel?
Question 2a) If fuel prices continue to increase carrying other prices with them do you…
1. Urgently find ways to reduce fuel dependency?
2. Cut government expenses to return money to taxpayers?
3. Increase interest rates?
Question 3) You are elected Prime Minister. Should you…
1. Staff your office with competent professionals to help you increase your effectiveness?
2. Outsource your office staffing to a competent private sector customer management centre?
3. Hire a couple of inexperienced 28 year olds to run everything?
Question 4) Payment schedules for the public service should be…
1. based on the achievement of goals valued by the community?
2. based on helping politicians to fulfill their electoral promises?
3. based on size of department budgets and staff numbers?
Question 4a) Merit payments for public servants should be based on…
1. increasing business and taxpayer productivity
2. improving services and value for taxes
3. increasing government income and/or reducing services
Question 5) From a public service perspective, quality of service to the public is…
1. an important way of maintaining political support.
2. vital to help keep taxation levels as low as possible
3. hardly a serious issue.
Question 6) Public policy should be shaped by….
1. Real world requirements and results
2. The needs and aspirations of taxpayers
3. Party political donors first and foremost, within electable limits.
Question 7) Public transport should be…
1. improved to assist taxpayer and freight transportation
2. measured by its capacity and efficiency
3. privately owned.
Question 8) How should governments plan for the future?
1. In conjunction with taxpayers
2. On the basis of informed and scientific information
3. Leave it to market forces
Question 9) Clear goals…
1. are necessary to focus efforts and achieve substantial outcomes
2. are a valuable means of assessing performance
3. just invite disappointment
Question 10) Government’s key role is to manage…
1. essential services for life and civil society
2. the critical resources without which we cannot survive
3. the media and voter perceptions.
Good luck. It’s a tough quiz but it’s worth knowing if YOU are fit to govern.
Watch this space
NB – answers are not provided here to prevent cheats and queue jumpers from entering our public services and political domains.
Mike is a complex systems consultant, change facilitator and executive and management coach.
Preamble. We are on a huge ball of rock hurtling through space at thousands of miles an hour, being bombarded by rays from a nearby star. We live in a thin envelope of air that miraculously clings to the surface as the ball spins at 1,000 m.p.h. Organic materials, stored underground for millenia, have successfully kept the carbon dioxide in the air pretty low but now that we’re burning it and using it for fuel, our atmosphere is heating up. As a result a number of threats are developing including the possibility that the Greenland icecap will slip off into the sea, causing a mammoth tidal wave and sea level changes of up to 10 metres that could destroy our economies and much of our society. In addition, the warming of the arctic could stop the Gulf Stream current and induce a new ice age in the Northern Hemisphere.