Can Government 2.0 survive its success stories?

Dustin Haisler, CIO in Manor, Texas, announced his departure from Manor to take on the role of Director of Government Innovation for Spigit. This is a tremendous opportunity for Dustin and one he has certainly earned. His ability to create positive changes, working in partnership with leaders in local government, has been extraordinary. His move, however, may represent one of the largest challenges Government 2.0 will face.

Those that are able to excel in Government 2.0 can make a lot more money, and find richer career paths, in the private sector.

Dustin, like other effective agents of change, was able to bridge the divide between the public and private sector, between municipal employees, politicians, and citizens. The successes in Manor, much like Atlas carrying the world upon his shoulders, becomes the thing of legend. These successful agents of change are soon tempted by larger roles, larger salaries, and the opportunity to make changes on a larger scale.

For Government 2.0 to succeed it must be successful at the local government level. This success:

  • Must be maintainable and repeatable. With Dustin gone to Spigit the true test of Government 2.0 change in Manor is now underway. Will the changes remain or will they simply disappear?
  • Must include new leadership and organizational models. Government 2.0 leaders at all levels must ensure they are mentoring staff and grooming their own replacements.

Can Manor maintain and build upon its early Government 2.0 successes. If it can then we have a model to follow. If it does not, however, it may soon be crushed under the weight of the changes it has already made.


Originally posted on Government in Action.

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Adriel Hampton

Important thoughts, John. And although Spigit is a local business for me, I’ll say that I’d much rather have seen Dustin snapped up by another government agency.