Leading Government Innovation

I delivered a talk on Leading Innovation yesterday to the Central and Western Regional Conference of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA).  I’m delivering another version to the Intel crowd at the Hillsboro Chamber in a few weeks, and to the Oregon Public Performance Measurement Association (OPPMA) after that.

Here’s the raw audio of my talk, running about 65 minutes:

This link will be good for a few weeks, at least.

The Powerpoint handout is available – it makes more sense in the context of the talk, and is not intended to be a stand-alone document. If you want it, leave a comment or email me.

A partial bibliography and set of resource links follows.  (The best of the books for my money is Behn’s “Rethinking democratic accountability‎”.)  Most of these books are at least partially viewable on Google Books (Example).


Rethinking democratic accountability‎
by Robert D. Behn – Political Science – 2001 – 317 pages

Innovation in American government: challenges, opportunities, and dilemmas‎
by Alan A. Altshuler, Robert D. Behn – Political Science – 1997

Achieving Innovation in Central Government Organisations: Detailed Research …‎
by Great Britain: National Audit Office – Political Science – 2006
The main report is available separately (HCP 1447-I, ISBN 0102942331).

The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis‎
by David Osborne, Peter Hutchinson – Business & Economics – 2006 – 370 pages

Images of organization‎
by Gareth Morgan – Business & Economics – 2006 – 504 pages
The book is based on a very simple premise-that all theories of organization and management are based on implicit images or metaphors that stretch our imagination in a way that can create powerful insights, but at the risk of distortion.

Leading change‎
by John P. Kotter – Business & Economics – 1996 – 187 pages
This highly personal book reveals what John Kotter has seen, heard, experienced, and concluded in 25 years of working with companies to create lasting transformation.

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