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Robert M. Tobias

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What the College Football Championship Teaches Us About Leaders and Followers

January 10, 2018 One of the most critical leadership characteristics is decisiveness: Dithering is destructive. But decisiveness alone does not automatically translate into implementation. A leader must do the hard work of creating followers who effectively, efficiently, and successfully respond to the leader’s decisions. A perfect example of that truth occurred this week...

Why Congress Should Act Like a Board of Directors

March 18, 2015 In the Constitution, “we the people” mandated Congress to set the nation's strategic direction while providing for the “general welfare of the United States.” Through its constitutional powers—including enacting budgets and laws “necessary and proper for carrying into execution” its policies—Congress must also monitor how well the executive branch implements...

When the Executive Core Qualifications Aren’t Enough

January 28, 2015 What skills do Senior Executive Service aspirants need to succeed in federal sector management positions? Are they developed to elicit employee engagement? Do the executive core qualifications defined by the Officer of Personnel Management create a hurdle high enough to ensure success as an SES leader? The short answer seems...

Analysis: The buck stops with program managers

November 5, 2010 "Program managers who view themselves as mere agents for the execution of program costs, schedule and performance may be self-limiting. Rather, every PM should assume the role of chief executive officer of his or her entrepreneurial 'corporation' and use the tools of upper-echelon leaders to manage programs with greater accountability...

Role Model

October 1, 2009 President Obama works side by side with agency leaders to get results. Many presidents have talked about the need to improve executive branch performance, but President Obama is the first to assume personal responsibility for doing so. Without that impetus from the chief executive officer of the executive branch, there...

Role Model

July 29, 2009 Although many presidents have talked about the need to improve executive branch performance, President Obama is the first to assume personal leadership responsibility for doing so. Without that impetus from the chief executive officer of the executive branch, there is unlikely to be the kind of change many have talked...

Cleaning Up Their Act

July 1, 2005 What happens when leaders take the time to improve performance. Federal employees usually sign on with government agencies with the good-faith goal of serving the public. In return, the public wants and deserves high performance from civil servants. Yet both sides often feel frustrated by lack of focus and missed...

The New World Appointee

December 1, 2000 t is long past time for the President to look at more than loyalty, public policy expertise and willingness to be a team player when choosing department secretaries, deputy secretaries and heads of agencies. As the nation faces another change in leadership-perhaps with trepidation, perhaps with eager anticipation-it is important...

Management
The Power of Partnerships
Expanding labor-management partnerships beyond the traditional issues.

November 1, 2000 n the past seven years, some agencies have ignored President Clinton's 1993 executive order to create labor-management partnerships. Others have created partnership councils, but limited their reach to traditional labor-management issues such as working conditions and employee grievances. But the Health and Human Services Department recently has expanded its partnership...

Oversight Needs Overhaul

August 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com ould doubling the one-year budget cycle to two improve government efficiency? That question has won congressional and public attention for legislation long nurtured by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., to create a two-year cycle. Supporters of biennial budgeting propose focusing on the budget in the first year of a cycle...