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Jackson Nickerson

Associate Dean, Brookings Executive Education Jackson Nickerson is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, the Associate Dean and Director of the Brookings Executive Education, and a Senior Scholar in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. An award winning researcher and teacher, Jackson specializes in leadership, strategic and critical thinking, leading change, and innovation. While in a prior life he worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he now advises government agencies, not-for profits, and for-profit businesses on ways to improve performance. He is the author of Leading Change in a Web 2.1 World.
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If It's So Hard to Fire Feds, Why Are So Many Federal Leaders Risk Averse?

September 27, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. When it’s so hard to fire a federal employee, why are so many federal leaders risk averse? I’ve never seen anybody get canned for making a mistake, yet we all walk ...

Is Your Team Up to the Task?

September 6, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. Collaboration is a never-ending challenge in my office. Many of us prefer to work alone yet we’re constantly encouraged to work together (which doesn’t seem to work). Is it wrong to ...

Fed Confession: I Have No Idea How to Measure Performance

August 23, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. I hear so much talk about performance metrics. The reality is, I’m not really sure what we’re talking about in these conversations. I do my job and try to ensure my ...

Without Financial Incentives, How Can I Encourage Innovation?

August 2, 2013 To begin my column, I want to thank you all for sending in questions. Your questions are interesting, challenging, and a great source of learning for me and, I hope, for those who read my responses. I do have a backlog so I apologize that it may take me a ...

Why Would Anyone Want to Work for the Government?

July 19, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. In today’s environment where government service is not valued by the American public or Congress, what are the incentives that make government service attractive to the current/next generation of the “best ...

3 Ways to Build Trust Between SESers and Political Appointees

June 26, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. How do I, as a career Senior Executive Service (SES) member, best position myself to quickly develop trust with an incoming political appointee and to support their agenda while being able ...

When to Tell a Leader What They Need to Hear, Not What They Want to Hear

June 7, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. Under what circumstances do you tell a leader what they need to hear when everyone else is telling them what they want to hear? --Anonymous Organizations by their very nature distribute ...

How the Heck Do You Keep on Mission When the Mission is Always Changing?

May 22, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. How do we maintain a mission focus for our agency when operationally we are constantly pushed and pulled by administration priorities and political directives? The game seems to always be changing. ...

5 Ways Empowerment Does (and Does Not) Increase Productivity

May 3, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. When does empowerment become counterproductive to a manager or leader? --Anonymous Thank you for your intriguing question. Current fashion in leadership education and research typically indicate that empowerment is always a ...

Ask EIG: How To Get Through An Interview for the SES

April 19, 2013 Ask EIG is your chance to seek answers to public sector management challenges and conundrums. Submit your questions here. The purpose of “Ask EIG” is to respond to questions and host conversations about how to improve leadership thinking and, ultimately, capabilities. Such improvement is all for not if you don’t ...