Mark Micheli

Editor, Excellence in Government Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.
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Video: Clearly Identify Problems Before 'Solving' Them

September 18, 2012 Joel Turner, Chief Deputy Clerk for the Western District of Wisconsin, talked with us at Excellence in Government Live on September 6. There, he spoke to a concept developed by Jackson Nickerson, Associate Dean and Director of the Brookings Executive Education, called "ChangeCasting." According to Turner, ChangeCasting involves developing feedback...

For Romney and Managers Everywhere, How Do You Fix Bad Strategy?

September 17, 2012 On Sunday evening, Politico published a report detailing turmoil, in-fighting and mismanagement within the Romney campaign. Pointing to critics within Romney's own party, the report details the concerns of party insiders about Team Romney's strategy--from missed opportunities in Tampa and an aversion to policy specifics to a hastily assembled acceptance...

Cloud Computing: Terrible or Terribly Misunderstood?

September 14, 2012 The Government Business Council (GBC) recently asked federal managers to rank eight different areas of government spending, from most to least efficient. Spending on technology came in sixth, with only 56 percent of federal managers feeling tax dollars spent on technology were used wisely. When GBC asked the managers to...

Week in Review: The 5 Most Popular Stories from Excellence in Government

September 14, 2012 This week, Excellence in Government Online celebrated its third week of existence--we appreciate you reading along with us. Below are the five most popular stories for the week of Sept. 10. Topics you wish we'd hit? Management techniques you think we should highlight? Share your story ideas in the comments!...

Video: With Innovation, 'More Isn't Better, Better Is Better'

September 13, 2012 Jonah Czerwinski is founding director of the VA Center for Innovation and has served as an advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs since 2009. Learn more about his work on innovation in a piece he wrote for Excellence in Government here. "More isn't better," said Jonah Czerwinski, quoting Secretary...

Take Control of Your Day With This Slow Down Exercise

September 13, 2012 There's a rule in life I often forget: You can only do one thing at a time. For as many directions as I get pulled in a given day, I'm never truly "multi-tasking." When I take on multiple tasks at once my attention toggles between tasks quickly, though I'm never...

The Top 5 Government Services Companies of 2012

September 13, 2012 The government services industry is the second fastest growing industry in America, according to Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 5000." Every year since 2007, Inc. has released the "Inc. 5000," a list of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Measuring aggregate growth from 2008 - 2011, the government services industry...

Has Technology Killed Courtesy at Work?

September 12, 2012 Look no further than today's announcement of the iPhone 5 to witness the intense excitement that surrounds the devices that connect us. Everywhere we look--on the subway, in restaurants and walking down the street (look out for bears!)--we're incessantly poking at our screens, engaging and connecting. But for all this...

Video: DoD's Deputy Chief Management Officer on the Importance of Decision Making

September 12, 2012 "The ability to decide," said Beth McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer for the Department of Defense, in response to what qualities are most important in effective government leaders. "Decisiveness is key to take action [and] challenge the status quo." McGrath spoke with Excellence in Government last week, where she reflected...

Why We Lose Motivation at the Halfway Point

September 11, 2012 Imagine you're walking across a ten-mile desert. Five miles in, you're just as far from the end as you are from the beginning--it'd be as easy to turn around and go back as it would be to go on and finish. This, say researchers at the Kellogg School of Management,...

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