Government Executive - Authors - Robert D. Behnhttp://www.govexec.com/voices/robert-d-behn/8171/Robert D. Behn, a lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, chairs the executive education program “Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results.” His book The PerformanceStat Potential will be published by Brookings in 2014.en-usFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400​Designing a Test Worth Teaching Tohttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/designing-test-worth-teaching/95753/Performance targets aren’t always perfect, but they’re necessary.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/designing-test-worth-teaching/95753/Management - Promising Practicesarcherix/Shutterstock.comWhy Every Executive Needs to Be Both a Hedgehog and a Foxhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/why-every-executive-needs-be-both-hedgehog-and-fox/93965/It’s critical to focus on the details and the big picture.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/why-every-executive-needs-be-both-hedgehog-and-fox/93965/Management - Promising PracticesChepko Danil Vitalevich/Shutterstock.comWhat’s Really Happening On Your Watch?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/whats-really-happening-your-watch/90446/The performance problem: Most executives can’t sample their agency’s services.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentMon, 11 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/whats-really-happening-your-watch/90446/Management - Promising Practicesfotolistic/Shutterstock.comWhy Public Executives Need Both Talent and the Elusive Team Chemistryhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/05/why-public-executives-need-both-talent-and-elusive-team-chemistry/85432/Even your top players are only as the group’s best effort.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 30 May 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/05/why-public-executives-need-both-talent-and-elusive-team-chemistry/85432/Management - Promising PracticesThe Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park in October.David J. Phillip/AP Got Big Data? First Define Your Big Questionhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/04/got-big-data-first-define-your-big-question/81661/Simple, yet analytical, data thinking can reveal the size of the problem.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentTue, 01 Apr 2014 08:51:51 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/04/got-big-data-first-define-your-big-question/81661/Management - Promising Practices Sur/Shutterstock.comResisting the Sirens of Micromanagementhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/resisting-sirens-micromanagement/81028/Just because you're the boss doesn't mean your way is best.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 21 Mar 2014 14:17:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/resisting-sirens-micromanagement/81028/Management - Promising PracticesJrCasas/Shutterstock.comWhat Executives Can Learn From CDC's 'Winnable Battles' Strategyhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/02/what-executives-can-learn-cdcs-winnable-battles-strategy/79205/Public health officials take on smoking and teen pregnancy, one performance goal at a time.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 21 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/02/what-executives-can-learn-cdcs-winnable-battles-strategy/79205/Management - Promising PracticesDebora Cartagena/CDC file photoWhich Comes First, Resources or Results?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/which-comes-first-resources-or-results/77687/How executives can solve their agency’s chicken-or-egg dilemma.Robert D. BehnTue, 28 Jan 2014 17:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/which-comes-first-resources-or-results/77687/Management - Promising PracticesRamona Heim/Shutterstock.com