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A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.

Excellence is not an act, but a habit

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For almost thirty years now, the concept of “excellence in government” has served as an aspiration in the federal community – actively championed by various organizations and officials. For more than a decade, the Excellence in Government Conference provided best practices to government innovators. As dramatic change comes to government and agency leaders work to adapt and innovate, I believe the mission of Excellence in Government is more important than ever.

Enter: Excellence in Government Online

Through this new online destination, our goal is to provide current and rising federal leadership with the latest innovations critical to overcome key challenges, best practices and case studies to model, essential research and insights to further career goals and agency missions, and a place to connect with fellow leaders and discuss solutions to today’s most critical issues. We are working together with thought leaders from across the federal community to create a clearinghouse for the tools critical for you to advance the business of government.

Built upon Government Executive’s deep knowledge of federal operations, management, and oversight – along with our research division, the Government Business Council’s years of studying the challenges and management best practices of federal agencies, this new blog will showcase innovative ideas and essential leadership tools.

We’ve brought together a few old friends – Executive Coach Scott Eblin, and our Management Matters blog – and added several new voices to bring fresh ideas and disruptive leadership tips to help you become more effective. These new voices will be a part of our exciting new blog Promising Practices: A forum for government’s best ideas and most innovative leaders.

“We are what we repeatedly do,” said Aristotle. “Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” I invite you to join us in our effort to make “excellence in government” more than aspiration and more than annual act. As we endeavor to move from act to habit, check back daily to read, comment, and share these ideas that represent government at its best.

Bryan Klopack is the Executive Director of Research and Analysis for the Government Executive Media Group (GEMG). In addition to leading the organization’s research arm, The Government Business Council (, he also serves as the Program Chair for the Excellence In Government LIVE event and editor of Excellence In Government ONLINE blog, Promising Practices. Prior to joining Government Executive Media Group in 2008, Bryan worked for the non-profit The Council for Excellence in Government after completing a Public Affairs Fellowship and a brief stint working in the U.S. Senate.

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