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Summary of This Commentary
Would a significant reduction in your overall operating costs make it easier for your organization to weather the current recession? Would it enable you to hold the line on taxes? Would it make your organization less dependent on senior-government hand-outs? Municipalities and other local-government agencies which have completed successful performance-improvement initiatives enjoy all those benefits. In addition, these initiatives are win-win since they don't balance the budget on the backs of staff or taxpayers. They do increase job satisfaction since almost everyone takes pride in doing a better job. And, they please the public by helping you to keep taxes in line. To enable your organization to reap the benefits of performance improvement, this commentary shows how the most common roadblocks to participation can be removed. Next, it explains how successful work teams and departments and entire organizations have been able to deliver the most performance improvement in the shortest time. By enabling you to remove the roadblocks, to estimate your return on investment, to fast-track improvements, and to unlock the hidden savings in your budget, the way has been cleared for every local-government agency even those with no prior experience to tap the benefits of performance improvement.
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Here is the link to a brief overview of our Performance Improvement Program. There, you will find the links to our performance-improvement initiatives LGPC (the Local-Government Performance Checkup) and C&SI (the Comparing & Sharing Initiative). These initiatives are designed to deliver all the benefits of performance improvement while addressing 2 of the major challenges involved in performance comparison finding organizations willing to share their financial information with your organization and ensuring that you are comparing apples to apples. Based on our years of studying organizational performance improvement, both in local-government agencies and in private enterprises, these initiatives can play an important role in assisting your organization to achieve excellence in local government.
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