A New Equilibrium

How communities work- Communities, large and small in America, are governed by the natural tendency toward disorganization. It is governmental structures, administrative processes and social/cultural norms that are the bonds that tie civilization together. Therefore society, systems and organizations require equilibrium to survive. Equilibrium should not be confused with equality. It is about balance within … More A New Equilibrium

Be Humble

Why Tampa Bay is not on the Amazon HQ2 shortlist None of the Tampa Bay executives I interviewed last year thought Tampa Bay would make it into the Amazon main event and most of them thought the entire state of Florida was a long shot.  What was certain to follow the HQ2 announcement was a … More Be Humble

In Memoriam-Gene Smith

Obituary from the Tampa Bay Times.  January 9, 2018 The man they called the ninth council member around St. Petersburg City Hall leaves colorful memories unlikely to face term limits. Gene Smith, 68, was found dead in his apartment at 430 5th St Monday morning, according to police. The death is still officially under investigation, … More In Memoriam-Gene Smith

Quest for Excellence

Michael E. Collins-2016 To optimize performance, a leader has to balance strategic agility and dependable operational excellence. As it relates to strategy, it is important to have a portfolio of activities to pursue if the skill set and competency exists in your operation. In a rapidly changing environment, I advocate linking elements of an organizations … More Quest for Excellence