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Gotta Move?

August 29, 2007 The government encourages but does not require senior executives to move among agencies to gain leadership experience. Most stay at one agency for the majority of their careers, building expertise in a particular field. Indeed, many stay in one office at one agency. Would mobility make them better leaders? That ...

Trust Troubles

August 15, 2007 Low faith in government can make managers' jobs harder. On June 28, a bill promoted by President Bush and a bipartisan group of senators to deal with the nation's immigration problems died in the Senate. As they performed an autopsy on the legislation later that day, two senators from different ...

Trust Troubles

August 15, 2007 On June 28, a bill promoted by President Bush and a bipartisan group of senators to deal with the nation's immigration problems died in the Senate. As they performed an autopsy on the legislation later that day, two senators from different parties who often vote against each other but who ...

Flash Mentoring

August 1, 2007 Executives can share an hour of their wisdom with up-and-comers. Well-intentioned mentoring programs aimed at connecting federal executives with promising up-and-comers in government sometimes have trouble getting off the ground. Executives are busy people who struggle to make the lengthy time commitments that formal programs demand. Formal mentoring programs often ...

Flash Mentoring

August 1, 2007 Well-intentioned mentoring programs aimed at connecting federal executives with promising up-and-comers in government sometimes have trouble getting off the ground. Executives are busy people who struggle to make the lengthy time commitments that formal programs demand. Formal mentoring programs often require both potential mentors and learners to fill out lengthy ...

What’s the Big Idea?

July 18, 2007 How many times have you heard your boss say, "Do it, as long as we don't end up on the front page of The Washington Post." At the heart of that admonition is a sense of fear -- the fear that what you do might be interpreted as failure. And ...

What’s the Big Idea?

July 15, 2007 Coming up with a moon-shot goal can be tricky, but fear of failure is no reason not to try. How many times have you heard your boss say, "Do it, as long as we don't end up on the front page of The Washington Post." At the heart of that ...

Rules Are Cool

July 11, 2007 When people talk about making government run like a business, they often point out that federal agencies are so wound up in red tape that it's hard to get their core work done. Get rid of the red tape, the argument goes, and you can get down to the actual ...

Rules Are Cool

July 1, 2007 Sometimes it's better to embrace red tape, not cut it. When people talk about making government run like a business, they often point out that federal agencies are so wound up in red tape that it's hard to get their core work done. Get rid of the red tape, the ...

The No Surprises Rule

June 20, 2007 On Dec. 7, 2006, a subordinate of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Michael Battle, executive director of the office that oversees the country's 93 U.S. attorneys, called seven to ask them to resign. He thanked them for their service and gave them until January to clear out. He was just delivering ...