President's Welcome -- May Transformations

ARTICLE | Apr 21, 2011

“ Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough”    Confucius, 551-479 B.C.

Can we overthink our solutions to local problems? Does that encourage inaction – when action is needed?  This month’s Transformations can help you balance the need for quality planning and the courage to act on your first intuition.

Peoria, AZ’s Strategic Operating Plans lays a great foundation for local governments and their departments to articulate what results they are trying to achieve and how to simply and effectively account for the steps that must be taken to reach community goals. Round Rock’s regional water project represents a highly complex and (potentially) political project that, with great planning and even better cross jurisdictional communication, addressed the critical water needs of a rapidly growing set of communities.

If you missed our Changing Public Workplace webinar – or if you joined us and want to revisit the great information shared there – you will find some of the insights and tips provided by your fellow practitioners in the webinar reflection – Changing Public Workplace. Likewise – please take the time to read Dr. Jim Svara’s article, including his new research on how Alliance members stack up against their peers in both early adoption of ideas and in the area of sustainability actions.

Confucius puts a humorous and ironic twist on the need to be thoughtful and deliberate, yet at the forefront of bringing new ideas in to practice.  Alliance communities do that. I hope this newsletter spurs you to action in that regard.

Karen Thoreson


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