This article points out at the Government Accountability Office's work on leading diversity management practices which have found that effectively managing a diverse workforce can help agencies become high performing and results oriented.
January is not typically a busy month for the House and Senate Appropriations committees. But in just the first two weeks of the Obama administration, the spending panels have had their hands full with the largest economic stimulus bill in U.S. history
A government career is like a civilian career in many ways: for the most part, you work a regular job while attempting to keep your life, family, bills, housing, car, etc. in order. You will work with other people, have a boss, and have to exhibit initiative if you want to get ahead.
President Obama's emphasis on achieving management transparency places high expectations on executives who run agencies, programs and administrative functions to engage in data-driven decision-making. They can expect to be asked to analyze what their agencies spent and the results achieved.
This article talks about the shared learning between the business leaders and the government and how successful businesses leverage leadership in ways that lead to sustainable results which can be adapted by the government for better leadership.
The article says there is a game being played somewhere right now within almost every government organization. The game is called �In Search of Best Practices� and it is played something like this: �We�re about to launch a major change (like putting in a leadership development program).
Article says that leadership is mostly the art of doing simple things very well. However, we sometimes make it far tougher than it needs to be. Unlike some leaders, I prefer to build myself up by strengthening others and helping them feel good about their jobs and themselves. When that happens, their work improves, and my own morale leaps.