According to this Farmington Independent article, Farmington’s mayor wants ‘less talk and more action’ in 2013. He felt that when the city talks of strategic planning they don’t accomplish any of the goals that are set so he plans to approach things differently to get things done except, well, it doesn’t make any sense.
From the article:
The city council meets annually to talk about goals and strategic planning for the city. And while they cover a lot of topics, Larson said, it seems like very little is accomplished to meet those goals every year.
“We talk and talk and talk, and two hours into it, we’ve talked about everything,” he said. “Everything gets talked about and nothing gets done.”
Instead of trying to cram every topic into a two- or three-hour goal-setting workshop, Larson wants to set up a series of workshops, each dedicated to one specific topic, and to spend two or three hours working through the details of each topic.
So instead of less talking and more action as the article’s title claims, the mayor is going to want to do MORE talking and theoretically more action, yet in reality, it’ll be the same output, if not less. What do you think about this one? Do you think more talking about strategic priorities will provide more action in the long run? Do you think that cities take strategic planning too seriously as it is especially when we have regional groups, like the Met Council, determining a lot of priorities anyway? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.