Weekly Wrap Up: It All Matters

 

Weekly Wrap Up: It All Matters

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 - 16:29
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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 15:23
In my experience, the process of developing strategic plans is almost as important as the results – the process generates interesting connections, dialog, and prioritization of challenges, possible solutions, and next steps. It also allows many leaders to step up and shine.

We talked this week about David Walker’s recommendations in Comeback America to address and reduce the debt.  In addition to his suggestions about revising the budget process to promote zero based budgeting and required controls on spending, Walker advocates a very thoughtful strategic planning approach across the Federal government. 

In my experience, the process of developing strategic plans is almost as important as the results – the process generates interesting connections, dialog, and prioritization of challenges, possible solutions, and next steps.  It also allows many leaders to step up and shine.

Also of note this week:

  • Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend current budget levels for most Departments through March 1, 2011. 
  • Robert J. Samuelson’s article about the challenge of providing employee and retiree benefits during flat or decreasing budgets.
  • I enjoyed the 60 Minutes piece on the budget challenges faced by State and Local governments.  The Sunshine Review has a great post on this as well.
  • Yahoo! also ran a crowdsourcing experiment to determine whether readers could come to consensus about addressing the debt.  Although there was no natural consensus, some interesting ideas surfaced.

As much of the country begins to experience challenging winter weather, many organizations are reviewing policies and procedures for maintaining continuity of operations. We’ll talk next week about the impact of telework on infrastructure expenses, mission and people.  We’ll share some best practices from IBM about the impact on real estate costs, morale, hiring and retaining employees, and managing an often-remote workforce.

Although we’ll be posting next week, I’d like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year.  While I’m enjoying this weekend with my family, I’ll be keeping our deployed personnel in my thoughts.  We appreciate everything that you do.