Archive for the ‘Government Restructuring’ Category

The Chair’s Column: 4th Quarter 2011

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

As I write this I am happy to see that we have 75 registrations for our winter meeting.  I look forward to seeing you Thursday and hearing your input even with snow in the forecast.  2012 promises to be an exciting year – and in a more positive way than some of the excitement we’ve experienced in the last few years.

Our recent Board planning retreat felt excitement around leveraging the Roundtable’s preeminent position as Vermont’s long term think tank to suggest innovative solutions across many areas.  Success here will further our vision for Vermont to be the best place to do business, be educated, and live life. (more…)

Facing Insurmountable Opportunities

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

This was the challenge as described by Justice John Dooley when he spoke to the membership about the ways in which the Judiciary branch of government is attempting to reduce its spending. Faced with significant cutbacks, and with the low-hanging fruit long gone, they are now closing courthouses, furloughing employees, and reducing work weeks. But, as happens in economic downturns, caseloads are on the increase, which only exacerbates the dilemma.

So the optimist looks for opportunity amid the turmoil. Where are the Mothers of Invention? Where is the genius who will turn chaos into order by changing the paradigm from old to new systems thinking? There are ways in which Vermont can turn itself around, if we only leverage the bold decision-making and strategic visioning that are the hallmarks of the private sector, and apply them to government reorganization itself.