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Jim Collins, author of the highly praised "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't," has written a companion monograph that applies to the “social sectors” — government and nonprofits. Some of his insights are very instructive.
While I affirm the merit of reforming the structures of government, the single most effective reform is in whom we select to serve us in it.
The most imaginative, the most commendable policymaking often begins with: "What if?"
Highland is one of the many communities that contributes to what is right in the region. As a 102-year-old incorporated community, Highland is finding new life pursuing redevelopment and economic development as well as reinvesting in its quality of life resources cherished by residents and n…
The current funding debate regarding the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the transition in leadership at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission makes me think anew of regional approaches to governance.
One of the best business card titles I have ever encountered belongs to Leanne Hoagland-Smith. She is an author and business process consultant whose card reads: “Chief Results Officer.”
Walter Isaacson's compelling biography of Steve Jobs is difficult to put down. It is at once a study of innovation, a chronicle of the nascent period of the information economy and a case study of one of America's great companies, Apple.
Highland Clerk-treasurer Michael Griffin, right, who begins his sixth four-year term Jan. 1, took the oath of office Dec. 20 at the U.S. Courthouse in Hammond, administered by U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio, left. "Well before he assumed the bench, Judge DeGuilio was especially encouraging…
I always think about the nature of public service, and what we may be seeking in our public servants. Lately it has been on my mind a great deal more. As an elected official, it is important to remain in touch with the reasons I first entered public life, and whether those reasons still pert…
David "Reinventing Government" Osborne and Peter Hutcheson have written a book that seems suited to Northwest Indiana's growing concern for government efficiency.
I commend U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky's Good Government Initiative, partnering with private donors to support efficiency studies for local government.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. makes a commendable but yet unrealized effort to locate Cabela's -- a unique sports concept retailer -- to Hammond. Next, with Cabela's a possible free agent, Portage, Crown Point and Hobart all make competing overtures to lure the retailer to their jurisdi…
I have been thinking about local government lately -- even more than I usually
"Democracy," Reinhold Niebuhr once wrote, "is a method of finding
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