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How Does a Team Work? (Sidebar to "First Teams")

May 1, 1996 May 1996 REINVENTING GOVERNMENT How Does a Team Work? (Sidebar to "First Teams") By Mark A. Abramson he U.S. Society and Values team provides an example of how the agency is working in the new team-based environment. The team, one of six that deals with broad thematic issues on which...

The Keys to Transition

May 1, 1996 he experience of the I Bureau in implementing team-based management contains many important lessons for organizations considering the move to teams. Communication. "I thought I was doing a good job of communicating, but in retrospect, I should have done more," says Barry Fulton, who organized the I Bureau's transition to...

How Does a Team Work?

May 1, 1996 he U.S. Society and Values team provides an example of how the agency is working in the new team-based environment. The team, one of six that deals with broad thematic issues on which the USIA works to communicate to citizens of foreign countries, covers a broad variety of topics on...

The Mission

May 1, 1996 he Bureau of Information operates alongside the International Broadcasting Bureau and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as one of three major units of the USIA. Together, the three conduct agency activities that are based on two key premises, according to the U.S. Government Manual: "First, that foreign public...

First Teams

May 1, 1996 he organization of the future will be less hierarchical than today's model. Workers will be empowered to act without seeking endless approvals. They will work in teams, where the emphasis will be on getting a job done, not on rote observation of rules and procedures or on making sure that...

Transforming Public Service

May 1, 1996 he pressure is on government organizations to transform themselves into effective institutions- a process which often requires new administrative procedures and high-caliber executives. Five recent books from the public administration/public management community provide advice for federal agencies struggling to change. In order to reform the federal bureaucracy, we must know...

Packing a Punch Line

March 1, 1996 ave you heard the one about the empowered employee? It's good for a laugh, along with MBO, ZBB, TQM and reengineering. Given the mixed reviews of management innovations over the last two decades, it's time to consider humor as the next management cure-all. According to comedian John Cleese, "When we...