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Can Middle Managers Successfully Build Extraordinary Capabilities?

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Jackson Nickerson

Innovation within the government must occur even in—if not especially during—this age of austerity. Developing new IT systems, designing new risk-based systems of regulation, and building new electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) systems are just a sm... More »

Effective Leaders Create Healthy Work Environments

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Jann Freed

We spend a lot of time at work, so how can we make it reflect our life values? The task is challenging, but it's one of the best investments leaders can make in their organizations. President Truman famously kept a sign on his desk that said "The Buck Stops Here." Trum... More »

Help Wanted: A New Kind of Collaborative Leader

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Ron Sanders

There's a growing realization in today's federal government: The challenges that managers and frontline employees face—from the drama of disaster to the routine of meat inspection—can no longer be addressed by individual agencies, each myopically focusing on... More »

Individuality, Integration: Leadership Styles in Team Collaboration

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Heather Getha-Taylor

Today's heightened attention to collaboration amid resource constraints and boundary-spanning problems places new requirements on public managers at all levels of government. Managers must balance the demands of hierarchical leadership within their home organizations wi... More »

Now Is the Time to Improve Federal Employee Engagement

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As the nation's largest and most diversified employer, the federal government must construct—and sustain—effective approaches to deal with agency-specific employee engagement. The past year was a difficult one for the federal government. Federal employees e... More »

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