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Last week’s discussion commenced one part of a multi-pronged Ready to Govern (#Ready2Govern) initiative, through which the Partnership seeks to improve the transfer of power and knowledge between administrations. The effort includes an education component for transition teams around four sets of activities: improving the transition process, congressional support for efficient appointments in a new administration, preparing appointees to succeed in their new roles, and the creation of a “Management Roadmap” – the subject of Friday’s session, to develop an agenda intended to help the next administration drive sustained improvement in government’s capacity and effectiveness.
The IBM Center is pleased to collaborate with the Partnership to help the next Administration get off to a strong start, and build sustained management excellence thereafter. We are grateful for the many distinguished thought leaders who contributed their time and insights last week, and to former Deputy Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Scott Gould for his expert facilitation of the session.
The management and leadership priorities discussed by Friday’s expert roundtable will inform the content for the Management Roadmap, a set of findings and recommendations to the next President and senior advisors; the IBM Center’s website has information about the Roadmap. Prior to each of the past several election years, the Center has brought together innovative thinkers from our esteemed group of authors -- who have produced over 300 reports since 1998 that address many challenges and practical actions for leaders -- to help draw out important focal points for the next four years. In addition, the Center’s updated overview of how a new leader in Washington can succeed, Getting It Done, is now a staple in the Partnership’s onboarding education for many new political appointees.
The Management Roadmap effort will build on these experiences to recommend a set of competencies that can enable government to achieve key mission and policy goals in and across agencies. Last week’s initial discussion built on three critical success factors:
The Roundtable participants talked through a variety of areas where these three principles could be applied to enhance effectiveness for a new Administration. These areas include:
In these and other areas, a distinguishing characteristic of the Management Roadmap will be to identify how to achieve measurable success across key priorities, not just what can be done to address those areas. The Roundtable participants helped to focus this discussion on current and past actions that can be carried forward in each area, gaps that exist in building management capacity to address that area, new opportunities that an incoming Administration can leverage, and paths to implementation that bring together existing and innovative ideas.
In the coming months, the Center and the Partnership will delve more deeply into these topics, as refined based on input from experts. We will share the results of forthcoming Roundtables with other groups engaged in transition planning and with the public, to build support and momentum for strong management as a principal enabler of success for the transition to the new Administration. We look forward to the results of this process as a key input for that Administration as it gets Ready to Govern.