Perspectives on Power, Security, and Leadership with General Anthony Zinni (USMC Ret.)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 - 15:29
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 14:53
Aspects of Power in 21st Century World PoliticsI think we have to understand how much the world has changed in the last two decades, beginning with the fall of the Soviet Union. It’s much more interdependent because of globalization, the rise of information technology, and the migration of peoples. There have been power shifts.

Managing Complexity

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 - 9:49
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 09:44
Noted government observer Donald Kettl, wrote several years ago that the government of the future needs to develop three things to deal with increased complexity:  knowledge-driven organizations, the agility to deal with non-routine problems, and the capacity to implement non-hierarchical solutions.

Measuring Performance in Networks

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 - 12:16
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 12:14
The IBM Center has sponsored a series of reports in different policy arenas over the past decade that look at the creation and use of collaborative networks to get results.  Reports exploring collaborative networks in emergency management, watershed management,

Smarter Inventory Management Part 2 of 3: Collaboration Drives Reductions in Unnecessary Spending

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 - 18:21
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 17:53
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” -- Vesta M. Kelly, Author Like visibility, the positive impact of collaboration is well known. And, when applied consistently to the Federal Government’s inventory management system, it is a tremendously effective cost-saving tool, by creating a more accurate forecasting and replenishing process.

Seven Management Imperatives

Saturday, June 4th, 2011 - 14:36
  Periodically the IBM Center staff steps back and reflects on the insights provided by its authors of more than 300 research reports and by some 300 senior government executives interviewed over the past 13 years.  Through our research and interviews, we identified several broad societal trends that we believe are changing the game for successful leadership at all levels of government.

Starlings, Transparency, and Thad Allen

Monday, May 9th, 2011 - 16:09
Monday, May 9, 2011 - 16:01
Complexity theory and complex adaptive systems are relatively new ventures in the field of public administration, but they are old hat in other academic disciplines such as physics and biology. So what did I learn?

Managing the Social-Media Paradigm Shift: Ride the current, or be swept aside

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 - 16:09
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 15:59
  Everyone who’s ears have been assaulted with talk of “paradigm shifts” can thank Thomas Kuhn, author of “The She Structure of Scientific Revolutions.”  I’ve often wondered why that phrase beguiles so many consultants and technology cheerleaders, and it’s a shame that it has, because in the glare of that overexposure, we may have blinded ourselves to some true paradigm shifts.

Environmental Collaboration: Lessons Learned About Cross-Boundary Collaborations

Monday, March 7th, 2011 - 11:05
While they find that many of the elements necessary for effective collaborative ventures are critical — such as a clear purpose, dedicated staff, and the willingness to be flexible — they conclude that a bilateral collaborative venture is often more effective when it has a formal legal structures in place that enhance its legitimacy in the eyes of various stakeholders. Informal collaborations are often useful precursors to more formal efforts. These informal

Chief Officer Central

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 - 11:34
Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:26
Agencies facing increasingly challenging fiscal environments are looking for ways to make each dollar go further. The interagency councils for “chief officers” are no exception!  In fact, they found that a move toward cost efficiencies is also leading to greater collaboration. The interagency councils were created by Congress over the past 20 years to foster cross-agency coordination, collaboration and idea sharing. The councils formed under the aegis of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  include:

Gumby Goes to the White House

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - 16:02
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:57
Over the years, presidents have directed agencies to streamline their administrative requirements and work together on behalf of citizens.  The last major effort was in the Clinton Administration, which met with mixed success.  President Obama has declared he will try again:  “I believe that working together, State, local, and tribal governments and Federal agencies can distinguish between rules and requi