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Holdovers, Acting, and Trickling In

Monday, January 26th, 2009 - 11:09
In its first week in office, the Obama Administration is experiencing the usual shuffling of government.  Three articles provide the flavor of what’s going on.  

New Transition Resources

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 - 18:27

The Day After

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 - 18:42
Today, the Obama transition moves to its fourth and final phase– the time after the Inauguration.  This phase will last a number of months and be the most exciting part of the whole transition period.  After all, the training wheels are off!  

Obama Sets the Tone

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 - 18:06
Think tanks, authors, and gurus have written lots of advice for incoming presidential appointees, including the IBM Center. But the best set of pointers come from President Obama himself in a recent interview with the Washington Post's Michael Shear:

Calm Before the Storm

Monday, January 19th, 2009 - 16:42
The concert on the Mall yesterday was a good start to the Inaugural festivities.  But today’s a bit quiet.  There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, though, in preparation for tomorrow. Here are a few stories that begin to tee things up:

Where Are the Keys?

Friday, January 16th, 2009 - 19:17
Earlier today, outgoing deputy director for management Clay Johnson sent me (and others) a note that was equivalent to leaving behind the keys to the office.  

Advice to New Appointees

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 - 19:01
I went to a book signing party last night for Ed DeSeve’s new book, “The Presidential Appointee’s Handbook,” published by the Brookings Institution. DeSeve served in local, state, and federal government in a variety of capacities – including the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget -- and is now at the University of Pennsylvania.

364,000 and Counting

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 - 18:47
According to Politico’s Ben Smith: “The executive director of President-elect Barack Obama's transition, Chris Lu, told supporters on a conference call this afternoon that the transition will 'really only scratch the surface as of Ja

The Transition Out

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 - 19:31
There’s only a week left in the Bush Administration.  Some remaining appointees are probably feeling a bit left behind since it will be hard to find new jobs in this economy.  However, the departing team has received kudos from many in a number of areas as they try to have an effective transition process.  In fact, they seem to have read the January 2009

Transformational Leaders

Monday, January 12th, 2009 - 18:58
The January 2009 issue of Harvard Business Review is aptly devoted to the topic: “Transforming Leaders.” It’s got great pieces on “Picking the Right Transition Strategy,” “What Can Coaches Do for You?,” “The Quick Win Paradox,” and “The Last Act of a Great CEO.” Unfortunately I can’t hotlink the articles since they are subscription-based. But a short piece by James Kouzes and Barry Posner is worth abstracting.