In this first installment of the Leaders Speak Series, I will bring you a sampling of past and current government leaders and their advice on leadership and public service. What makes an effective leader? Why pursue a career in public service? Our guests offer their extended reflections on such questions.
President Obama said he wanted to spur innovation, in his State of the Union address. Actually, this effort started in earnest last year through the use of prizes and contents as a complement to traditional research and development.
A new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, “Obama Administration Agenda for Government Performance: Evolution and Related Issues for Congress,” provides some historical context for the new Congress and lays out some potential oversight topics for it to pursue.
Much of the focus for innovation centers on private sector growth job creation, and government efficiency and effectiveness. There is an element of the innovation paradigm, however, that is not well-documented: how the two are linked when the government benefits from private sector gains in particular program areas. Leading managers will look to capitalize on this element.
I believe IT is a foundational and critical element to the success of an organization such as [the Department of] Homeland Security. In fact, I would say that it is as important as any function in assuring mission effectiveness today.
Have you ever led a staff meeting and realized that it was clear that a good chunk of the people there had no clue what you were talking about when you alluded to Howdy Doody, Tonto or Slinkies? Or when new staff seems to be more absorbed in their iPad instead of your pearls of wisdom?
The past year saw significant attention paid to cybersecurity on the Hill, in the Administration, and across the economy. The cyber environment is only growing more prominent, and a number of factors will contribute to its moving front and center for Government managers of all kinds in the coming months.