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Mark A. Abramson

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Reinventing Redux

May 1, 1997 abramson@leadership.com n 1992, David Osborne and Ted Gaebler's bestseller Reinventing Government inspired government reinventors at the federal, state and local levels. Government leaders outside the United States were also roused to launch reinvention initiatives. Now Osborne is back with co-author Peter Plastrik and a new look at reinvention. "In Reinventing...

Managing Paradox

March 1, 1997 (abramson@leadership.com) n the last five years, managers have been told to empower employees, adopt new paradigms and, in general, to shape up. But a new batch of books gives managers some unlikely advice: Embrace paradox and absurdity. Managers have too long sought rationality in their organizational pursuits, according to Richard...

For the Manager on Your Gift List

December 1, 1996 f you're looking for a holiday gift for the manager on your list, consult Government Executive's list of recommended books for the giving season. Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions. New York: Harper Business, 1996, 336 pp., $20. After...

Lessons From Computer Firms

November 1, 1996 November 1996 BOOKSHELF Lessons From Computer Firms By Mark A. Abramson s the search continues for real-life examples of "new" management ideas in practice, one place to look is the computer industry, which has long been characterized by flat organizations, speed, flexibility and teams. Probably the most famous computer company...

Lessons From Computer Firms

November 1, 1996 By Mark A. Abramson s the search continues for real-life examples of "new" management ideas in practice, one place to look is the computer industry, which has long been characterized by flat organizations, speed, flexibility and teams. Probably the most famous computer company in the world is Microsoft, founded by...

Lessons From Computer Firms

November 1, 1996 November 1996 BOOKSHELF Lessons From Computer Firms By Mark A. Abramson s the search continues for real-life examples of "new" management ideas in practice, one place to look is the computer industry, which has long been characterized by flat organizations, speed, flexibility and teams. Probably the most famous computer company...

Tomorrow's Leaders

September 1, 1996 eople in leadership roles in today's government say that in order to run their organizations effectively, the next generation of executive branch leaders will have to be: Flexible. "Government will have to attract people who can deal with increased uncertainty. In the past, we have attracted people who wanted stability...

Tomorrow's Leaders

September 1, 1996 eople in leadership roles in today's government say that in order to run their organizations effectively, the next generation of executive branch leaders will have to be: Flexible. "Government will have to attract people who can deal with increased uncertainty. In the past, we have attracted people who wanted stability...

In Search of The New Leadership

September 1, 1996 he federal bureaucracy is in turmoil. The civil service is scrambling to meet demands to cut staffs and budgets while complying with mandates to improve performance, accountability and customer service. The executive branch needs leaders like never before. Unfortunately, the civil service cannot look to the nation's political leadership for...

Watch out for Change Busters

July 1, 1996 BOOKSHELF Watch Out for Change Busters By Mark A. Abramson hange is the organizational mantra of the 1990s. But change initiatives frequently fall short of their ambitious goals and leave disappointment in their wake. Explanations of these failures fall into three camps: The execution factor, the human factor and the...