The second edition of the ResourceX Leadership Initiative just recently concluded. What is the ResourceX Leadership Initiative you ask? It is an intentional, seven week course sponsored by ResourceX to help support the Priority Based Budgeting leaders strengthen their confidence and knowledge on how to take bold action on challenges facing their organizations. Another very important goal for this initiative is to help create connection amongst the various organizations that are a part of the great ResourceX community. We want organizations to communicate with one another, share common challenges, seek solutions from other’s experience and to make new friends. We teach that no organization should feel like the Lone Ranger and this leadership initiative is one more way to help with that.
The second edition of this course had participants from Kalamazoo, Michigan; Jefferson County, Wisconsin; Meridian, Idaho; and Benicia, California. Each week, participants in the course were introduced to ways in which to tie leadership skills and knowledge to Priority Based Budgeting. They were also able to learn and interact with the professionals from ResourceX who served as tour guides, mentors, and chief storytellers on how to be successful using the Priority Based Budgeting methodology.
The climax of the course was the presentation of capstone projects that each participating organization worked on during the course. The capstone projects are designed to address, boldly, a challenge or tension that exists within the participant’s organization. ResourceX and the leadership initiative merely created the space in which the participants could state a hypothesis, propose an experiment and work on solutions for the challenge. All this is done within the framework and methodology of the tools and best practices provided by ResourceX. Just like our first Leadership Initiative, the participants did not disappoint with the quality and rigor of their research and presentations. The goal with the project was to not only come up with a bold project to serve the participant’s organization, but also to add to the knowledge base and best practices that all of the ResourceX and Priority Based Budgeting community could take advantage of. All of the presenting communities will be invited to present their capstone projects and resultant findings at the ResourceX Summit in August of 2020 so you will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from your peers next year! Without letting the cat completely out of the bag, and to entice you to attend next year’s summit, I will only provide you with a short synopsis of each participant’s project.
The team from Meridian, Idaho focused their project on how to advance the culture of PBB in their organization. They are planning for their future through intentionality and calculated experiments that will lead to small victories that can create momentum for the Meridian flywheel. I have no doubt after seeing Meridian’s presentation that they will achieve Level 4 Mastery in the future.
Jefferson County, Wisconsin is driving progress with PBB and used their programs and data to create an innovative workplan to address a number of potential opportunities including the centralization and modernization of their fleet. While this may sound simple, Jefferson County has created a plan to address all of the externalities of centralized fleet including communicating with the public about this cost savings move. They also discussed how working through the Wisconsin Policy Forum, they will be looking at ways in which to leverage all the resources within their county to address service provision where their centralized fleet model may serve as a platform for them to partner with others.
Benicia, California presented on the masonry of PBB mastery in their community. Like many organizations, Benicia’s leaders asked themselves why do we need PBB and what is next after their initial implementation. The Benicia capstone project was designed to help create a deeper context and meaning for the use of the Priority Based Budgeting methodology through a three pronged approach. They will address the question of what next through program review, communication, and metrics.
Kalamazoo, Michigan’s capstone project is still a work in progress. Due to the budget cycle, their participant was unable to complete and present their project which is built around applying Priority Based decision making to the capital budget process. We look forward to seeing how KZoo’s project turns out.
ResourceX is now planning for the Third Edition of the Leadership Initiative that will start in the first quarter of 2020. If you or your community is interested, please let me know. It is an honor and a privilege to work with all of our clients but the time spent with the leadership initiative participants is where the magic happens. Be a part of that magic and movement in 2020.