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Peter Hutchinson

Managing Director, Public Service Strategy
Health & Public Service, Accenture Consulting

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Peter Hutchinson leads management consulting strategy for Accenture’s State, Provincial and Local Government practice throughout North America. He focuses on solving the toughest problems facing top decision makers in government, education and nonprofit organizations. Well known as a courageous leader and problem solver, Peter previously served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance, as superintendent of schools in Minneapolis, as a deputy mayor, as corporate vice president at the Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target) and, most recently, as president of the Bush Foundation, one of Minnesota’s largest independent foundations. He is co-author of The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis.

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10 LESSONS LEARNED

Here are the first five lessons Peter Hutchinson shares in the booklet, 10 Lessons I Learned—Sometimes the Hard Way, and Almost Always Unexpectedly—During My Last 40 Years in and Around Government Transformation:

  1. Systems produce exactly the results they are designed to produce, and none other. If you want a different result, you need a different design.

  2. Listen to the people around you. They can keep you from falling flat on your face.

  3. The most important thing is to believe in what we do and who we do it for.

  4. Know what you believe in and say so. If you don’t know what you believe, no one will believe you or believe in you.

  5. Sometimes the only reasonable thing to do is be unreasonable—it’s how innovation and reinvention happen.

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2016 LEAN CONFERENCE KEYNOTE

2016 Lean Conference keynote:

Peter Hutchinson delivered the keynote address at Washington State's 2016 Lean Conference—one of the nation's largest events focused on government transformation. Watch as Peter and other participants share their perspectives on the value of this annual conference.

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