Rhetoric to Results, How the States are Getting Down to Business and Rediscovering the Promise of America chronicles practical, best-practice approaches to leadership and management that are transforming the country, one state at a time.
Never in its history has the United States of America been more stuck. As this nation stands still and chokes on its own rhetoric, China moves boldly forward with the stated intention of becoming the world’s economic, political, and military superpower in what its leaders openly call the “Post-American Era.”
While the facts prove that we as a nation are rapidly slipping out of the #1 position, our nation’s political system has turned into a glacial river incapable of generating the flow of ingenuity desperately needed to rekindle the promise of America. The rhetorical black hole has never been more conspicuous as the 112th Congress passed the fewest laws in a century.
Fortunately, many states – pushed by sparse budgets – are shifting from circular policy debates to fact-driven, evidence-based management. Results-driven activists in more than a dozen states are reengineering education, transforming health care and overcoming energy and environmental challenges, while modernizing their infrastructure, and increasing public safety.
Scorecards are popping up on state websites with increasing frequency as governors courageously make their progress transparent. In addition, legislatures are passing performance accountability laws and state agencies are holding formal frequent and open business reviews that cause transparency and accountability. Business leaders are joining in to share their experience building high-engagement, results-driven cultures and utilizing Lean tools and methods to eliminate process waste. Meanwhile citizens are running correlations of on-line government data to help spot specific opportunities to improve government.
As the nation grows weary of the hollowness of hope and change rhetoric, a fact-based, results-focused movement is sweeping the states. In the states, concerned citizens, business leaders, governors, lawmakers, agency leaders and even lobbyists and journalists are sparking creative solutions. When the results-focused groundswell reaches critical mass, it will inspire our nation’s capitol and correct the course of this great nation.
Over the coming months I will be sharing some of what I am learning as I research the book. I expect it will be released late in 2014. Your comments and feedback are welcome.