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How Do We Know What We Don’t Know
One of the frequent concerns I hear expressed during seminar presentations is one that may be voiced as: how do we know what to ask when we don’t know what we are asking for (or talking about)?! This expression of frustration is borne out of two conflicting impulses: Are we, as a council, receiving the full story on these issues, or is information being purposely withheld? (i.e., “are we being snowed?”). And: How do I ask questions that do not reveal my ignorance of the issue? (i.e., “I don’t want to be embarrassed either in front of council or if televised, in front of all and sundry in my community.”)
Municipalities carefully work on trying to re-use, re-purpose, and maintain their physical infrastructure because we can’t afford to keep starting over. – Milton Friesen, Cardus.
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Greetings Folks... I write a monthly column in Municipal World – which is always a management column thinly disguised as something else. In addition to MW, I also write about a dozen other columns around the world in publications from Ireland to New Zealand and all points between. The audiences range from bankers to government workers, from techies to HR professionals. All of these articles are intended to provide the simplest of advice, uncommon common sense and hopefully a thought and a grin or two.
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