The Show Me Challenge

The Missouri Way of management is all about improving how we work together. We know that most of the best solutions come from all of you, the people working hard for our citizens every day.

Inspired by the hit TV show "Shark Tank" and other similar competitions, The Show Me Challenge is a new way for employees of Missouri’s 16 executive departments to compete to identify solutions that improve how we serve our citizens, cut out unnecessary bureaucratic work, and/or save time and money.

The Show Me Challenge in its first cycle inspired teams across state government and at every level of our organizations to compete and work together better.

We held the first competition on January 28, 2019. You can learn more about the finalist teams and watch a short video of the competition day here. The next round of the competition starts in February 2019 and will end in June 2019.

Here’s how The Show Me Challenge works:

  • Teams develop short pitches for their solution, including a project plan and expected impact.
  • A selection committee reviews the pitches and narrows the pool to about 10 finalist teams.
  • The finalist teams develop their proposed solutions more fully and deliver in-person pitches to our senior leadership selection committee in a “shark tank” setting.
  • Winners will be chosen based upon the quality of their solutions and their final presentation.

The winners will receive a cash award and public recognition for their creativity and commitment to continuous improvement. Members of the first place team will receive $500 per team member. The winning teams will also receive senior support and mentorship to translate their proposals into results.

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