What does your leadership look like? The perceptions of government these days are associated with dysfunctional, broke, and a widespread of past criminal activity that strained the trust of the local community. New leadership is currently examining the operational systems once governed by individuals who stood by the ‘pay to play’ principles within a system that is meant to serve the tax payers and their families. Innovation and creativity were often stifled by the managerial bureaucracy, which set a troubling ideological path within the local municipalities. It is no longer business as usual. A creation of new policies and organization restructuring are put in place to prevent future problems within the new structure of local government.
The tradition of having a centralized authoritarian system for many years may have created the problems of organizational rigidity that reduced the growth of business and the community. In the past, municipalities operated on the political process governed by ordinances or written laws. These laws enabled the common issues within the political framework to continue to run ‘business as usual’. One must remember that people created laws that can be changed through process if needed. Strategically moving forward into a new day in government, areas of focus are operation consolidation, job creation and talent capacity, employee training and development, and shared services. Municipalities will be more efficient by pooling its resources, partnering with other local agencies, non-profit and for profit firms and restructuring its operational productivities to reduce costs.
Local municipalities are now transforming its ways of doing business to be a more competitive enterprise to become a national leader of effective and efficient municipal governance within Northeast Ohio. Let’s not be bound by tradition. Make the change for continued growth of the local economy.