Transitions

A couple weeks ago, I listened to a webinar discussing the presidential transition. Consider this. Our federal presidential elections create a “turnover of 4,000 federal executives”, which is an “equivalent of 50% of the Fortune 100 CEOs retiring.” 1) Additionally, “in the last three administrations, about 50% of the top 75 national security appointments remain vacant four months post – inauguration.” 2) We are aware of the big differences in policies and agendas brought by a new administration. Perhaps even more significant are the downstream effects of the turnover of the federal executives. Even if the transferring policies and agendas remained the same, what a considerable effort still occurs with that many federal executives changing all at once. And we know, it is unlikely policies and agendas ever remain the same between administrations.

I think Moses must have surely encountered all these changes when he was leading the Israelites and they were not always the most obedient and willing crowd. (I'm not comparing anyone to Moses, just the situation.) The Israelites went through many transitions. The directives and commandments God gave to Moses were not always well received by the Israelites and the Israelites “grumbled” against Moses and Aaron. But remember..…God's guidance and love were, and are, constant.

While we certainly may not always agree with transitions, I think we need to be careful not to just be complainers of all that we hear. We need to listen carefully, educate ourselves to determine the real issues, and learn what is going on in the text of the matter and not just the headlines. And if things seem a little out of focus in the next 100 days, we need to reflect on the enormous number of changing positions taking place in our country as a new transition is in effect.

Dear God, we pray the new transition of elected and appointed officials takes place as smoothly as possible. We pray for transparency in our government and the media. We pray for equal opportunities and an open ear for all. May our new leaders guide our country in a manner that best supports our citizens and honors our freedoms and constitutional rights. Transitional times are scary. Thanks for always being there with us as we move forward and please bless the USA. Amen.

Wendy Saathoff

  • Partnership for Public Service – The Presidential Transition Guide. Page 3; Deloitte analysis of transition stakeholders.
  • Dwight Ink. “Administrative Leadership.” Memos to National Leaders. National Academy of Public Administration.

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