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Infusing a 'Can-Do' Spirit Into the Public Sector

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Paula Ketter

Now in it's third year, Fuse Corps' fellows program offers private-sector participants professional renewal and a taste of public service. It seeks to build the cross-sector movement. Fuse Corps provides opportunities for entrepreneurial professionals to spend a year h... More »

Time Hasn't Changed Public Service

The American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration honor leaders at every level of government who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to public service. Two city managers received the organizations' National Pub... More »

Lean in to Team Conflict

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When we don't address conflict, it can escalate and damage relationships and work. To resolve discord, manage behaviors, understand differences, and listen. Many of us dislike conflict and prefer to avoid it rather than confront it. It's emotional and unpleasant. It is... More »

Repairing Government's Management Deficiency

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Career managers must transform public institutions from management-resistant to management-friendly places. They must declare their values and advance managerial practices. Imagine a start-up airline. The airline will employ (or contract for) numerous professional serv... More »

The Problem With Assumption and the Power of Inquiry

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Sometimes assumptions are helpful, but often they can prove unproductive—or even damaging. By acting on our assumptions as if they were true, we've constructed a reality that does not reflect what's happening in the moment. We all make assumptions. That's not a b... More »