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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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Training Without the Training Budget

November 15, 2013 Training dollars in my department recently dried up. My team and I have hit a wall in terms of personal and team development. Without the money to pay for training, what are ways we can work together to continue to develop our careers and skillsets? --Anonymous As the age of ...

How to Get a Micromanager Off Your Back

November 1, 2013 Often, I see micromanagement in the guise of accountability from the highest levels. It stifles empowerment. Upper management gives the directive to empower their employees and then demands weekly reports on the progress. Then they institute goals, quotas and deadlines. This doesn’t feel like empowerment to me. What conversation can ...

Leadership in an Age of Righteousness

October 9, 2013 With the pitched battle in Congress that led to the recent government shutdown and the growing debt-ceiling debate, can leadership lessons be drawn from this conflict to help leaders of organizations deal with similar internal battles? --Jackson Nickerson This column typically is reserved for responses to leadership questions from government ...

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 ...