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Newsletter - May 2024

My fourth good government principle is Respect for Opposing Views. Not only is this principle relevant to discourse with our friends, family, and acquaintances, but it's absolutely critical to governing. Regardless of which party is in charge, good and representative government requires incorporating feedback from across the aisle.


Opinion polls show that broad bipartisan majorities want Congress to work collaboratively to achieve solutions and pass legislation. And I don't expect that sentiment will change any time soon.

I firmly believe that regardless of who's in charge, our legislators should incorporate feedback from the other party. Even in landslide elections, two out of every five voters support the losing candidate. Incorporating feedback and ideas from the "other side of the aisle" fosters greater acceptance of resulting legislation and is a proven tactic of successful managers.

This article by Robert Half points out that incorporating differing opinions in the workplace can reduce risks by 30% while improving innovation by 20%. Although the article speaks to diversity in the workplace, a key takeaway that's relevant to Congress and to an effective government, is that incorporating a broad range of viewpoints and perspectives in legislation will promote new ideas and increase the productivity of Congress.

That conclusion was supported in a study published last year by the Center for Effective Lawmaking that found that effective lawmakers are willing to support well-thought-out proposals across the aisle, and in turn receive bipartisan support for their best policy solutions.


This month I had the pleasure of attending the American Society's (ASQ) World Conference on Quality and Improvement, and was able to reconnect with some great people I have been working with in the Government Division. I came away from the conference reinvigorated by the great work that Quality professionals are doing to improve our government and to improve the countless other sectors represented by Quality professionals.


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