Steve Goodrich Speaks at GovExec Excellence In Government Conference


This May, Steve Goodrich spoke at GovExec’s 18th Annual Excellence in Government conference— the nation’s largest and most highly concentrated gathering of agency leaders focused on exploring the new management, business and leadership strategies needed for the agency of the future.Microsoft Word - EIG Screenshot

Steve spoke alongside Angela Bailey, Chief Operating Officer at the Office of Personnel Management on EIG’s 2014 Data and Performance session. The panel, moderated by Government Executive Media Group editor-in-chief, Tom Shoop, discussed the opportunities an increasingly data-driven world offers to improve the performance of federal agencies and employees alike. Read More

Your Mission: Question Everything


For anyone over the age of 40, the word “mission” cannot help but conjure up images of rockets, moon landings and brave astronauts. As President John F. Kennedy said in his famous speech at Rice University in 1962:

We choose to go to the moon in this decade … because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…." Read More

Let’s Ask Alice If Outcomes Are Important

by Lyn McGee

As the Cheshire Cat tells us, if you don't know where you are going, any path will get you there. This suggests that if you are not clear about what you, your agency and your team are to "produce"—what the clear outcomes of your work are to be — then it is okay for staff to spend their time on whatever their current practices or preferences of work might be. This leads to a perspective that work—any work— is good, whether it is making a needed difference or not. What we need in our government is a focus on outcomes–the value delivered to the American people by a high-performing federal workforce. Read More

Three Killer B’s of Government Effectiveness


We love discourse and debate as much as anyone, but on the topic of government effectiveness and efficiency, there are so many pundits giving opinions on what makes government more effective, it’s pretty difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Read More

COE Co-Sponsors GTI Summit: Innovation & the Future of Government


Steve Goodrich Podium GTI Summit (2014.01)Last week, The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. (COE) co-sponsored the first Government Transformation Summit, held by the Government Transformation Initiative (GTI) at the National Press Club. COE President and GTI Vice Chairman Steve Goodrich spoke at the summit alongside distinguished speakers David Walker, Former Comptroller General and Chairman of GTI, and Tom Davis, Director of GR at Deloitte LLP. Read More