Sunday, June 21, 2015

How the civil service works

Someone said that this is how the civil service works:

Do you know how government make decisions whether it’s regarding what to teach, interest rates, defense, welfare all the stuff that impacts you? Middle management hears a statement from a minister and tries to guess what he means. Doesn’t want to ask in order not to look stupid. He doesn’t know what to do, so he asks the most junior guy to write a paper. The junior guy does his best and the paper floats up to his head, it bounces back an forth a few times between them, then it bounces to a director then a few times with another higher up. There are many layers. By then, it is morph into something completely different and it gets implemented. A senior guy once told me that writing papers and second guessing your boss correctly is key to success. Practical experience, actual care for serving the interest of Singaporeans actually a detriment.”

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