The Problem Pyramid Theory-Who's On Top of the Problem Pyramid?


 

The Problem Pyramid Theory-Who's On Top of the Problem Pyramid?
 


26 November 2013 at 6:23:24 PM
salon

I read a book some years back about problem solving and whose responsibility a given situation/problem actually is. Sometimes, the book pointed out, we want to make a problem belong to someone but the issue actually is someone else's. The book said what should happen is to look at who is on top of the problem pyramid-not on the sides but the person at the top.

For example, I am unhappy with the Somervell County Hospital District for the way they voted to deal with enough valid, registered voters by turning down the petition. Does the problem become that of the attorneys whom the District has chosen to represent them? No, because the District is the one that made that decision after listening to advice from their attorney(s). If I don't like what they did, the people to comment to are the unelected people that are sitting on the board (including, for example, Larry Shaw, Gary Whittle, Walter Maynard, etc). The attorneys really have nothing to do with it, they don't represent us but rather the board, and the only thing I really want to know is how much they are charging the board for advice, since I"m paying for that as taxpayer. If the problem can be solved by going to court, the people at the top of the problem pyramid become whoever decides to file a civil lawsuit. If the problem is to be solved by doing a petition again, the people at the top of the problem pyramid are the taxpayers who need to sign the petition for round 2.  In none of these cases is the problem that of the hospital board attorneys to solve, unless there was actually a lawsuit that they needed to respond to. Even then, the entity at the top of the pyramid for the people suing would the plaintiff's attorney, not the hospital board attorney; that one is the problem solver by dint of his or her skill in court.

What I'm suggesting is that if you are really unhappy with what is going on, focus your energies.

  1. Tell the Hospital Board members. They are the ones that voted that decision.
  2. Sign the petition to call for the election to dissolve the hospital district.

 


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1 - antitaxbrigade   26 Nov 2013 @ 8:31:08 PM 

I VOTE WE SUE THEM , THEY ARE WRONG , NOT FOLLOWING THE LAW , AND I AM VERY UPSET THEY HAVE CREATED THIS PLOT  TO MAKE MINE , YOURS AND 931 OTHER SOMERVELL COUNTY SIGNATURES NOT BE VALID THEY DID NOT COUNT ANYONE OF US .                             SHAME ON THEM ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. MAYBE OUR COUNTY LAWYER WILL STEP UP AND DO HIS JOB , I AM HOLDING MY BREATH . IN THOUGHT WE HIRED (ELECTED) HIM TO REPRESENT US .



2 - pharper   27 Nov 2013 @ 9:35:26 AM 

The County Attorney is not going to do anything, in fact he was thanked by the hospital district attorneys for his help although why he is helping them,  since they have their own lawyer,s instead of us is beyond me. I am all for people suing the hospital district in district court but don't expect me to fork out my money for lawyers, I have much better uses of my money. My take is we do it again, its the cheapest and probably the quickest way to resolution (we are already over 100 signatures again). Longer term the resolution is to get rid of the existing board come May in Elections that they are forced by law to have and then the new board can call for an election for dissolution since this current board continues to ignore the will of the voters. Remember all these people were appointed, NONE of the hospital district board was elected, so I'm not sure where the arrogance comes in but they are sure full of it.


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