To prorogue or to not prorogue…that is the question.
Prorogue originates in Latin as prōrogāre, to ask forward or, as we would now say, to postpone.
It’s been in the news in Canada over the last couple of years as governments have used prorogation to suspend legislative sessions in Ottawa and Queen’s park, so as to avoid sticky situations. The Federal Conservatives fended off a non-confidence motion in their minority government, and now the Provincial Liberals, also in a minority situation, have used it to avoid embarrassing committee meetings regarding the possible use of tax dollars to preserve 2 of their ridings during the last Provincial election.
The public reaction to this latest episode should give us some clue as to why putting off hard decisions is usually not in the best interests of organizations. It does not eliminate the problem. It is like leaving your garbage in the bin…after a while it starts to smell worse than when you left it.
So make the hard decisions now. You can’t prorogue your responsibility; you are only postponing the inevitable.
Get out there and prōmovere…move forward!