Government Connections - Winter 2014 - (Page 6)
Rob Coffman, CGMP
First Vice President
James Lynton, CGMP
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Kim Blanding, CGMP
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Lessons to be Learned
As I am writing this column, the federal government is shut down and
hundreds of thousands of government workers are furloughed. No one knows
when our elected leaders will come together for the good of the American
people and pass the necessary legislation and a federal budget.
This leaves SGMP members across the country in limbo - not knowing when (or
if) we will be paid and when we will be going back to work. This also impacts many of
our contract planners and their programs and jobs, and it has a long-term effect on
our supplier partners. From California to Texas to Florida and everywhere in between,
scores of government meetings and trainings have been canceled or postponed.
This reminds me of many years ago when I had the privilege to meet
the Honorable Mr. Henry Kissinger, a former U.S. Secretary of State (under
Nixon and Ford) and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Kissinger
is credited with orchestrating the policy of détente with the former Soviet
Union and opening relations with the People's Republic of China.
Kissinger was and is a master of diplomacy and calls it "the art of restraining power."
He is a genius at negotiating and considers compromise to be a skilled art form. Our
SGMP meeting planners know very well that planning and executing a successful
government meeting involves many facets. Chief among these is prioritizing a list of "must
haves" along with a "wish list." These concessions are negotiated with our dedicated
supplier partners in order to have a win-win situation in the end for all parties involved.
By press time for this issue of GC, I hope this situation has been resolved and the
government shutdown will be over and a "thing of the past." I also hope that there
are lessons learned by all through this process and they are taken truly to heart. As
Kissinger said, "There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."
Thank you for all that you do.
Rob Coffman, CGMP
GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | WINTER 2014
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2014
Fitness Breaks Recharge the Body and Mind
Per Diem – Familiar but Sometimes Misunderstood
Costs of the Fy2014 Funding Squeeze
Six Technology Solutions to Help Your Meeting Run Smoother
Meet a Member
Question for Our Members
Government Connections - Winter 2014