Last evening, the GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, gave the past-due go ahead for President-Elect Biden to go ahead with the transition for the next administration.
Going forward, we as a country can explore the significance of an incumbent’s disagreement with the US democracy’s voting results to the point of creating a willful arbitrary block to the beginnings of a transition. How can such actions affect the perception of shared governance of “We the people?” That the election would be in doubt is softened by the fact that Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris received 80,000,000 votes–the largest amount ever cast for a candidate in the nation’s history and at this writing nearly 10 million votes more than the incumbent.
Perhaps more to the point of the ideas that will be explored here of shared ownership and governance, we can point with pride to the voting turnout and to number of federal, state and local public and civil servants–some volunteers–who so carefully planned, laid out and followed directives for the election that no large scale failures were noted that impacted the whole. This kind of personal ownership for good outcomes is one of the foundational findings for employee ownership and participative decision-making. In this example, we can see the outcomes stemming from pyschological ownership and employee/volunteer engagement.