The Managing Partner of mm1, Rainer Lindenau, has published a book – Staat Machen! – with Germany’s Minister of Transport, Wolfgang Tiefensee. The book features 22 success stories of public institutions, proving that the public sector is also capable of outstanding achievements.
Public institutions have a major role to play in the future of our society. Important issues for the future such as education, healthcare, security, dealing with demographic change, or regional development are mainly in their hands. Public institutions create a framework for companies, families, and private organizations and, therefore, have a significant impact on the quality and attractiveness of Germany as a location. But they are currently faced with enormous challenges. Their responsibilities are increasing, both in terms of quality and quantity, while their resources (finances and staff) are decreasing. Since it is no longer possible for them to balance more output with more input, they can only fulfill their responsibilities in the future by substantially boosting their efficiency. Their public image, however, is poor, and it is generally not believed that they will be able to increase their efficiency. Public institutions are, in general, not considered dynamic, success-oriented organizations, but are instead associated with the typical image of government agencies.
In view of this, Germany’s Minister of Transport, Wolfgang Tiefensee, and Rainer Lindenau, Managing Partner of the Stuttgart-based corporate consulting company mm1 Consulting & Management, have published a book presenting 22 public institutions from around the world that have seen outstanding achievements and successes. The executives of these organizations describe what their “model for success” is based on and the steps they have taken or the methods they have used. The list of authors includes some very well-known names (Peter Struck, Christian Ude, Ole von Beust, Götz Adriani, Wolfgang Schuster, Carla del Ponte, the Finnish Secretary of Education, the Governor of St. Petersburg) but also individuals, whose organizations are less well-known: the principal of a school in Berlin that has been extremely successful, the mayor of a village that is setting the benchmark in terms of child friendliness, the board of a health insurance company that has used innovative ideas to achieve the lowest insurance premiums in Germany, and a district that has utilized innovative methods to become one of the strongest economic regions in eastern Germany.
The editors hope that the examples featured in the book will encourage change in the public sector. After all, the executives have shown that public institutions can be so efficient that they do not have to be afraid to be compared with private (business) organizations when it comes to success orientation, creativity, innovative ability, and efficiency. Above all, however, the organizations presented serve as an example to others in the public sector, and illustrate the measures and methods that can be used to achieve a similar level of success.