Council Performance – How do we assess it?

Given that we are in an election year, I propose the creation and application of a value based rubric to council performance. Following an opportunity for public feedback, I will be applying this rubric to the performance of Saanich Council.

Why Saanich? Because I pay taxes to Saanich as a homeowner.

Some values that I propose using include:

  1. Input: How often do they speak at the meeting (e.g, on a scale of Vicki never says much to Fred never stops talking).
  2. Quality of input: Are they actually saying useful things, or are the speaking just to hear themselves speak? Please note, that Quality of Input will be assessed on the totally biased but generally fair “Jaclyn Scale of Usefulness”.
  3. Preparation: Have they read all the agenda attachments? Do they seem to understand what is going on?
  4. Procedure: For if and when they do speak, is it in accordance with the Saanich Council Procedure bylaw?
  5. Recovery: Do they help bring things back around when discussion around the Council table goes off the rails?

As for anyone who suggests the job of council is far more than what actually happens at the Council table, I suggest you get in touch and we can talk  because that is also something I want to document in advance of the upcoming election – that being, what is it that our Saanich elected officials actually do.

Who Am I

I defer to my personality type when it comes to questions of my motivations. This is because I am an ENTJ according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. According to the Wikipedia page on this personality type:

ENTJs account for 1–3% of males formally tested and 1–2% of females.[2][3] ENTJ types tend to be self-driven, motivating, energetic, assertive, confident, and competitive. They generally take a big-picture view and build a long-term strategy. They typically know what they want and may mobilize others to help them attain their goals. ENTJs are often sought out as leaders due to an innate ability to direct groups of people. Unusually influential and organized, they may sometimes judge others by their own tough standards, failing to take personal needs into account.[4]

So yeah, I am female and I relate to this depiction.

E versus I = means I am an Extravert. I used to think I was an introvert because social (purely social) situations make me uncomfortable. But I am an extravert because I talk so that I can better understand what I am trying to communicate about. The words literally need to leave my head so that I can see them and reflect.

N versus S = means that I am Intuitive. I just know things more than I sense them.

T versus F = means that I am a Thinker. Logic drives me more than emotion.

J versus P = means that I Judge things more than I perceive them. Where this has meant in the past that people get the impression I don’t do things I don’t want to do,  all it is, is me not wanting to do things I think are a bad idea.

This all means that my main motivation in life, is working on what I see around me. I don’t do it for approval, I don’t do it to avoid guilt or shame, I do it because solving problems and figuring out solutions, is life. A situation without responsibility, a job without authority is death for me. I need to feel engaged and the way I feel engaged, is by connecting with the world and its systems around me.

 

Government in a Modern Age

My dad was a bureaucrat and I aspired to be one as well. This led my pursing a Masters in Public Administration because I too, wanted to serve the common good. Then, at about the same time I graduated, my dad’s career ended in a way that was different than how he anticipated. Nevertheless, I persisted and have continued to pursue jobs that were of interest to me.

Most recently, I had been working in the private sector for a company that sells software to municipalities across North America. I loved the work.

Now I am free again and I am deciding how to fill my plate.

At the bottom of it all, I am still drawn to government.

How best to manage government data in a modern age is what appeals to me most. It is what gets my brain firing on all cylinders and it is where I hope to make a lasting contribution. So to that end, expect to see this website come alive again as I begin to work out my plan.

Thank you for reading!