If I Was the President’s Chief of Staff…

? Ministry of Health: How healthily are
the people
living?
? (health, disease, environment, veterans,
etc.)
? Ministry of Security: How securely are
the people enjoying
liberty?
? (defense, justice, civil
liberties)
? Ministry of Opportunity: How good are the
opportunities for the people to
pursue
happiness
?
? (commerce, agriculture, education,
interior)
? Ministry of Effectiveness: how
effectively is the government serving the people?
? (treasury, omb, inspector
general)

I suspect all policy wonks must occasionally
dream about they’d do if they were President. I wouldn’t know, since i just
realized that (surprisingly) I’m not actually into policy
per
se
. Rather, my passion for politics stems from
my interest in authentic leadership. That (among many other
reasons, I’m sure) is why I wouldn’t make a good President; I’d rather be Chief
of Staff. I’d prefer to focus my efforts on restoring focus, transparency and
accountability to government by nurturing Purpose, People, and
Process.

In particular, my dream is to
reorganize the Cabinet into three Ministries, each responsible for answering a
specific question regarding Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of
Happiness:

? Ministry of Health: How healthily are the
people
living?
? (health, disease, environment, veterans,
etc.)
? Ministry of Security: How securely are
the people enjoying
liberty?
? (defense, justice, civil
liberties)
? Ministry of Opportunity: How good are the
opportunities for the people to
pursue
happiness
?
? (commerce, agriculture, education,
interior)

Plus, one reflective
ministry:

? Ministry of Effectiveness: how
effectively is the government serving the people?
? (treasury, omb, inspector
general)

The idea is that each Ministry
would be run like its own corporation, with the Minister as CEO, the President
as Chairman, and Congressional Committees as the Board of Directors
(representing the interests of “the people” rather than
shareholders).

The key would be having
both intrinsic (direct) and extrinsic (indirect) metrics of success, which each
Minister would be accountable for improving. Those metrics would themselves be
managed by “Min. E”, who would be responsible for ensuring those incentives are
a) credible, and b) aligned with the needs of the
people.

Yeah, I know it seems like an
irrelevant pipe dream now. But someday — come the revolution! — politicians
will not be judged by their cleverness or ideological purity, but by their
measurable service to the people.

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