Hello, again. I'm pinch-hitting for Ilyse Veron who recently transitioned to a new post. But never fear, Carrie Blustin and her team are not missing a beat in bringing you insights on public service leadership.
Collaboration Near and Far
The summer 2012 issue kicks off with a mini-forum on inter-institutional collaboration overseas. With an emphasis on governance solutions for interdependent times, Sarah Ringler reports on what she has observed on efforts to promote minority rights in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina; David Simpson shares his thoughts on how the global community is continually strengthened through exchange programs; and Oblayon B. Nyemah and Donnell Scott provide first-hand reporting on successful governance reform in Liberia. Closer to home, Geoffrey Abbott explores the challenges posed by transferring best practices across organizational boundaries.
Other Learning Corridors
Along a different path, Elizabeth Porter, Janet Weisenford, and Robert Smith take readers on a journey through the virtual learning environment. Mindy Zasloff and Mary Ellen Okurowski weigh in on how group mentoring is taking hold in the federal government. Allison Primack, Andrew Krzmarzick, and Kathy Wentworth Drahosz connect these two themes with a case illustration of a virtual, government-wide mentorship program.
Linda Olivia Nichols and the other authors bylining this article demonstrate how leadership development can boost return-on-investment. Morris Bosin ruminates over how to make performance information more useful to managers. Dennis Mankin and Karen McGraw share how the Virginia Department of Transportation improved performance through a well-designed certification program. Jason Juffras looks at the Results Act through a timely book review. Marian Ruderman considers what motivates different types of employees, and Paul Lawrence and Mark Abramson discuss how federal executives strengthen their organization for the long term.
In Technology, John Opiola and Steve Lockwood shed light on how to safely and effectively use the cloud. The second part of an interview with James Kouzes and Barry Posner shows ways to lead government better. Visionaries at the U.S. Treasury share what's working well. Patrick S. Malone wonders in Commentary how leaders can keep their cool when the kitchen gets hot.
A year ago we welcomed you to a new era for our quarterly journal; together we focused on federal leadership that works as a theme for The Public Manager.
We hope you have enjoyed the Exchange interviews, Visionaries reports, monthly electronic newsletters, periodic blogs on our website, GovLoop and FedManager, the fall workforce conference, and all the new ideas and design within these pages. We could not have produced any of it without your loyalty and inspiration.
As I was reaching out to find new sources for the spring issue, I learned about an organization that had great vision—the American Clean Skies Foundation. I was invited to join their team, and seized the opportunity to become the foundation's director of publications.
Please accept my thanks for your counsel and contributions along our journey. It has been a pleasure meeting and learning about you.
The Public Manager is focused on your career needs. Stay tuned in the coming months as our country determines what critical missions the president should lead. I will keep in touch as a member of the board of editors.
Outgoing Editor, The Public Manager