I tip my hat to the outgoing CEO of the GHP in my column today. Whenever someone leaves the top position at an economic development organization like this, I hope to see some sort of public debriefing exercise where the guy/gal goes through the highs and lows of the job, raises some of the road blocks and challenges in the position for the public to read (they never do this while in the job) but we rarely get it. The Chronicle-Herald ran a little article on his departure but I think a full ‘exit’ interview would be interesting. Again, not to throw stones but to have Dempsey say what he sees are the challenges to Halifax moving forward from his perspective after 11 years running GHP.
I have a particular reason for wanting this type of debrief. I have talked with several ex-CEOs of high profile economic development agencies over the years and the constant theme is “I wish I could bare my soul on this stuff”. I say bare it. It will be to the benefit of the next guy/gal and to the public at large to hear it.