Failing to plan is planning to fail

Nevertheless, the first three plus months of the state government do not provide enough data to predict the long term success or failure of the administration. But like any other artificially imposed metric, the one hundred day measure can be useful, if for no other reason than to allow an early assessment of performance, ascertaining patterns of behavior, organization, and style of governance.
Like other first impressions, it may prove wrong, but it has set a tone, and, rightly or wrongly, may influence later judgments.
Government has not created a solid first impression in the public opinion. Ultimately, a public opinion is a set of convictions that surround an individual, organization, slogan, leadership or administration in aam admi’s mind. What leadership, their vision, communications and plans do is to create, sustain and grow these convictions.
Opinions do matter. Ignoring them, and implementing policies that do not have broad public support, only invites disastrous consequences.
The starting point, failing to plan, is planning to fail. The government started without any plan, and even if there was something in mind that was surely a miss plan. That is why too many challenges remain, and too many problems shall continue unresolved.
The rhetoric with words have somewhat become a way of life for our politicians. It is actually a ticket to their path towards “glory”. Rhetoric or even, strategy is of no value if it is not delivered. The capacity to deliver depends more on the quality of the idea than the degree of insistence.
People of our state, before Assembly elections had seen Omar Abdullah more in TV debates, but verbal definition of special difference is only half the battle, that is the left brain part. The success of his governance style, if any, needed to evoke a right brain, emotive response.
So what was the bane of the administration which is often not covered by a section of our media? Press agents, who create newsworthy stories and events to attract media attention and gain public notice, have a reputation for stretching the truth or going even further to promote a story. In the practice known as press agentry has not helped matters. Our media also needs to be working with the truth. We’re not political PR, anyways.
Says Associate Professor Donn J. Tilson of the University of Miami School of Communications, “Promotional campaigns that use news releases and other public relations tools to ‘sell’ something deceptively will always fail when consumers realize that the product or service does not live up to its hype.”
Basically, people have started sorting their way through countless deceptions on a regular basis.
Not surprisingly, people in Kashmir have developed an extraordinary ability to recognize the truth, regardless of how it is delivered. Even though we are constantly inundated with hype, many of us have a reliable radar when it comes to discerning real news as opposed to junk news.
But sometimes the radar screen gets jammed, graying the boundaries of credibility and making it nearly impossible to discern truth from a hodgepodge of information that besets us.
The government needs to realize that audiences here in our state don’t value learning things they already know. They want to know how this administration can possibly improve their lives in a tangible, realistic way.   
The ultimate discipline in having someone hear you – as opposed to talking at them – is to talk in terms that are relevant to them-without any politics at the door!
Rather than thinking of fixing everything, focus must be concentration on a few important items. Endeavors should not be the futile exercise of power but empowering individuals to help themselves.
If new CM is willing then to take on the woe of a people, to lead by the force of ideas and to govern through the consent of the governed, he will be honoured and respected as an effective political leader.
“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take on the woe of a people. There are few so foolish; hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”
— John Updike
It might seem a substantial challenge, but you must crack the shell if you want to eat the nut.


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