County's economic development strategy calls for discussion

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By The Staff

When they asked for an updated economic development strategy this week, Los Alamos County Council "opened up a whole box of Pandora's," as former New Mexico Governor Bruce King might have said,

For an hour or so, councilors let their hair down and responded refreshingly like individuals, demonstrating a revealing range of opinions and approaches, and there was every indication that the council subcommittee responsible for the document was interested in the input.

These kinds of documents are not easy to draft.

They must be sufficiently conventional and mainstream to be understood and at the same time fresh and inventive enough to represent, if not something revolutionary at least something different.

This one grabbed our interest when we heard that it was going to contain some BHAGs. Pronounced "bee-hags," this is an acronym for Big Hairy Audacious Goals, a concept coined by a popular business writer Jim Collins in his 1993 book, "Built to last."

In the book, he compares a BHAG to the moon mission.

"A BHAG," he writes with his collaborator Jerry Porras, "engages people – it reaches out and grabs them in the gut. It is tangible, energizing, highly focused. People get it right away; it takes little or no explanation."

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