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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Culture of change - June 6th

I would like to thank Bill Leighty (Governor's Chief of Staff),Mike Thompson(Thomas Jefferson Institute) and Dominion Resources for planning and hosting a very exciting day of discussion about how to make state government work better and more efficiently.

On June 6th a wonderful mixture of government managers and leaders assembled to brain storm on how to make Virginia an even better managed government. Many ideas were considered and hopefully will bear fruit in the years to come.

There will be, hopefully, many projects and potential legislation as a result, but we agreed at the beginning of the meeting not to "rat anyone out". So with that, I will just say thank you to all who participated and for the Culture of Change that is brewing in both the executive and legislative branches.

It is often said that Virginia is the best managed state(tied actually with Utah) and if that is so, then I genuinely weep for the other 48. We have a long way to go, but there are so many good hard working people in our government that we simply cannot lose sight of the end goals because of a couple or many anecdotes on what is wrong with state government.

Nothing this large will be perfect and in our overly critical world where every person who phones into a sports talk or political talk show can hold court and wax on about how so and so or this and that are JUST AWFUL. It is good to know that there are some who are willing to pitch in and work through the problems rather than just point them out and feel like they have actually DONE something.

Iacocca time - "Lead, follow or get out of the way".

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