Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, had an interesting opinion piece in the Washington Post on Reforming an Outmoded Government.
- With rising budgets (like the past decade), the focus tends to be on growth, not efficiency
- Need outside help to assess their strengths and weaknesses, identify the most important avenues for change, and design and implement initiatives that will achieve results
- Change is hard and often threatening. One person’s efficiency can break another person’s rice bowl.
Successful U.S. companies have fundamentally transformed how they do business
- Adopted strategies to cope with a more complex, dynamic and uncertain environment
- Delayering to streamline and empower their organizations
- Leveraged IT to enhance performance, agility and competitiveness while reducing cost
- Strategic investments in talent management to improve performance
Read the full piece here.