I was impressed by a comment from one of our councillors at the end of last week.
He told me about what he thinks is an African saying about power. It runs something like “hold power like an egg. Hold it too tightly it breaks. Too loosely and it falls and breaks”.
That got me thinking about the relationship between a council and its community. Our organisation has so much power to make lives better. And to impact on everyday life in a negative way.
If we apply the proverb about the egg to our developing plans for different service patterns – more from less – does the proverb tell us anything about how we might engage?
If we push too hard we fail? If we try to engage in the right ways we succeed. If we avoid the leadership role we will also fail?
And it’s not a bad mantra for anyone who has a position of power or authority either.