Vol. 41 Nbr. 1, March 2012
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- Editorial perspective.
- Let's meet in the fed cloud: old ways of doing business are running out of time. Putting federal heads in the cloud--the one supported by technology--might be worth a try.
- Back to fixing the federal budget process: while politicians work to secure agreement on fiscal policy, public managers can help restore confidence in government by making their budget decisions disciplined and transparent.
- Enhancing telework: a guide to virtual leadership: how can federal leaders manage what they can't see? Six 'zones' will prepare them to secure two key components of successful virtual leadership: group cohesion and individual commitment.
- Retaining troop talent: hiring and retaining veterans is different than hiring civilians. King's new book, excerpted here, provides a practical guide for managers to bridge that cultural divide by using four lifecycle stages of employment.
- Halting the engagement exodus: when financial concerns loom, public employees become less engaged at work. Are we in an 'engagement exodus?' Savvy managers can turn things around.
- Agencies create architecture to support intelligence: agency leaders must create governance environments that enable them to make timely and effective decisions, reduce redundancy, and increase transparency.
- Shaping space for success: the power of visual management: our work space helps us feel, see, hear, and touch the agency mission. It focuses on key information and improves the way information and results are delivered.
- The five keys to innovation: agencies need a plan to build a culture of innovation. They must understand their strengths, address areas for development, and work across policy areas.
- Are you an innovative organization [or agency]? Where are your strengths?
- Repurposed coal plant sites empower and revive communities: as new rules to protect public health spur the closure of some 150 coal-fired power plants, creative site redevelopment projects generate civic pride and business rather than dirty power.
- Tough economic times call for authentic leaders: in a budget crisis, many managers discuss what to cut, but not how to lead employees left with fewer resources. How can leaders keep employees engaged?
- Designing child's play takes serious planning: safe, high-quality public playgrounds lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles. Consider equipment selection, placement, and maintenance to limit liability and create a safe and sustainable playground.
- Reclaiming ethics and character for public service: what does it mean to serve one's nation? The federal workforce must lead the way in reclaiming ethics as a core principle of our business practices. Character is no longer a private issue.
- Running into the Jaws of Conflict: Steve Gladis, The Agile Leader--A Playbook for Leaders (HRD Press, 2011).
- Ways to lead government better: insightful storytellers James Kouzes and Barry Posner asked multiple questions, listened, and illuminated better paths, just as they suggest others do in The Leadership Challenge.
- Nuclear regulatory commission leads with continuous learning.