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Mar 15, 201811:35 AMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Mr. Brinkman and friends go to Washington!

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Most people come away with a better perspective on the public sector. Washington is always a place with multiple issues in play. Decisions tend to be much more complicated than in the private sector because those decisions can rarely be reduced to dollars and cents. As a result, competing priorities — almost all of them important and reasonable — line up for limited resources. Simple solutions usually don’t work in this environment. Effective action requires hard work, deep understanding of the relevant issues, and an appreciation for the interaction of the various forces at work.

Our future depends on informed, smart people engaging in effective ways. These leaders must be able to handle nuance in complicated environments and engage in civil discussions around emotionally charged topics. This leadership includes taking principled, inclusive positions to build the future by aligning people around meaningful and productive causes.

I encourage you to make a difference in your world. Find a cause — something you believe in and are willing to master. Schedule a trip to Washington and make your case to our delegation. Then bring what you learn back to your community, teach others about what you learned, your cause, and the process you engaged.

We can make a difference by acting together and engaging the system.

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Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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