10 Suggestions for More Efficient Government

It's a rainy Monday morning here in D.C. and for some reason I am having all these heavy thoughts about the state of things. 

Oh I know what it is...I spent too much time on the Fast Company "30 second MBA" page yesterday. Excellent.  

Anyway, here goes:

1. Run it like a business - with a focus on financial return on investment. 

2. Facilitate a healthy emotional environment through the expanded use of internal communication.

3. Use diversity as a strategic planning tool rather than just looking at it as a compliance exercise.

4. Incorporate training into work all the time.

5. Create programs to recruit members of the public who would not normally join government.

6. Bring advanced technology to bear on all jobs, and train people to use it.

7. Look at work in terms of projects rather than programs; train people in the art and science of project management.

8. Dismantle hierarchical organizational structures that impede innovation and change.

9. Reorganize along lines that make sense to the customer.

10. Make key performance metrics easily accessible to the public and employees. 

Please add your suggestions to the list.

Have a good day everyone, and good luck!


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.