Author Archive

Mark A. Abramson

Management

Going to the Moon: Reflections on a Government Success Story 50 Years Later

“The real heroes of Project Apollo were public servants,” says historian Douglas Brinkley.

Management

You Don’t Need Leadership Training to Lead

An interview with retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the nature of leadership.

Management

How To Be Successful in the Trump Administration: Four Lessons From Previous Political Appointees

The average wait time between nomination and confirmation is three months—use it wisely.

Management

Needed: A New Approach for Onboarding Political Appointees

A new administration promises big changes. It should start with the process for preparing new leaders for success.

Management

Your Guide to a Presidential Appointment in the Next Administration

What you need to know about the approximately 1,100 jobs the next president will fill.

Management

Avoiding a Government of Lawyers and Former Congressional Staffers

The next president must look beyond the usual suspects to put together a truly diverse administration.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Political Appointee?

Public service can be a noble calling and a golden opportunity, but there are some downsides.

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Thousands of Federal Jobs Are About to Come Open, But You're Probably Not Going to Get One

When the Plum Book is released later this year, it may already be too late for many job seekers in the next administration.

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Leon Panetta’s Hard Lessons in Leadership

From the memoirs of Obama administration appointees.

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Hillary Clinton's Lessons in Executive Diplomacy

From the memoirs of Obama administration appointees.

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What Agency Executives Can Learn From Robert Gates

From the memoirs of Obama administration appointees.

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What Agency Executives Can Learn From Timothy Geithner

From the memoirs of Obama administration appointees.

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Leadership Lessons: Patrick Gallagher, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Chief of premier science agency warns that the hardest thing about change is not doing it.

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Leadership Lessons: Joseph Main, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Managing a crisis without disrupting day-to-day operations is a delicate balancing act.

Oversight

Leadership Lessons: Arun Majumdar, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Pioneer of new agency places premium on having the right people and the right culture.

Oversight

Leadership Lessons: David Kappos, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Voice of experience guides agency on the path to innovation.

Management

Picking Appointees

Not all political positions are the same, and not just any smart person is right for the job.

Viewpoint

Picking Appointees

Not all political positions are the same, and not just any smart person is right for the job.