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The “theory of constraints” can help governments address the core of practically any problem.
Other places should emulate the state's model.
As a Tennessee agency has shown, employee engagement isn't unattainable.
Housing, jobs and health care depend on it. Pittsburgh has become a national leader in setting clear, intuitive transportation goals.
Jim Kenney is focused on rebuilding public spaces that everyone uses as a way to address the highest poverty rate of any big U.S. city.
Anyone can learn to lead. Not everyone has the courage to do it.
Communities can’t address the big issues without collaboration.
Civic leaders must reclaim racial integration as a policy goal.
To shape effective policy and keep their promises, politicians need to focus on outcomes.
Health care costs can tell officials a lot about a state's fiscal temperature.
Sometimes the morally right thing to do is also the economically smart thing to do.
It’s not some innate quality -- good leaders must create it.
Should you really need a license to teach hair braiding?
Everyone thinks they know what a mayor does, but the role of a city leader varies greatly from one place to the next.
Framing is key. Empathy is not.
In local government, success is defined by what you leave behind.
The way we talk about the issue makes it more difficult to do what needs to be done.
It's important to get the money in order before the next disaster strikes. A few places already are.
Institutionalized racism can result in misdirected resources that do little to solve serious crimes.
The management paradigm could help rebuild our sense of community.
It's time to abandon corporate tax breaks. Just look at their history.
The default strategy for many government officials isn’t working. Better policies could accomplish a lot.
The basketball player’s early career illustrates a learning strategy that produces conflict -- and innovation.
Guarding against evil poses a dilemma for government managers, but it can be done.
Cities and universities may finally be learning to work together.
It isn’t easy to achieve, but simplicity should be a vital goal when serving the public.
Success in public life is often defined by winning elections instead of making positive change.
There's a big challenge that advocates need to recognize.
For one, realize that you have the "curse of knowledge."
Some economists say the country goes through two-decade-long seasons, each requiring its own kind of leader.