We complain we don’t have enough of the former, and that government is not meeting the increasingly complex needs of our communities. In reality, we need more of the latter; passionate and compassionate people who know how to cannibalize the system to get-great-stuff-done.
Paul Keating hit this nail on the head when he declared that “the problem with today’s politicians is they don’t know how to play politics”, well, to riff-off the Keating ‘spray’: being a passionate and caring public servant doesn't help if you don't know how to play-the-game!
You need to be a Master of Bureaucracy to get-great-stuff-done and we just don't teach that stuff (and yes.... it IS a skill you can learn).
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