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Executives

A Manager's Guide to Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Networks

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 - 20:00
The O'Leary and Bingham report expands on previous Center reports by adding an important practical tool for managers in networks: how to manage and negotiate the conflicts that may occur among a network's members. The approach they describe-interest-based negotiation-has worked in other settings, such as bargaining with unions. Such negotiation techniques are becoming crucial in sustaining the effectiveness of networks, where successful performance is defined by how well people collaborate and not by hierarchical commands.

Executive Response to Changing Fortune: Sean O'Keefe as NASA Administrator

Friday, October 28th, 2005 - 20:00
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This report describes the tenure of Sean O’Keefe as administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The report describes how O’Keefe faced three difficult challenges during his three years at NASA. His first challenge was to solve the space station’s financial mess. His second challenge was to manage the aftermath of the Columbia shuttle disaster. His third challenge was to steward the President’s 2004 vision for the further exploration of space.

Getting to Know You: Rules of Engagement for Political Appointees and Career Executives

Friday, December 31st, 2004 - 20:00
Ferrara and Ross dispel common myths held by political appointees about careerists and by careerists about political appointees. One such myth about careerists suggests that they are loyal to the previous administration. A myth about political appointees implies that they care only about ideology and not about organizational stewardship. The report sets forth constructive "rules of engagement" that political and career executives can use to form partnerships in achieving the administration’s program and policy objectives.

Becoming an Effective Political Executive: 7 Lessons from Experienced Appointees.

Friday, December 31st, 2004 - 20:00
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This report was prepared to assist new political appointees as they enter the political world of Washington, D.C. The study is based on two surveys of previous political appointees, as well as personal interviews with nearly 50 former political executives from both Democratic and Republican administrations. Their experiences have been distilled into seven key lessons: turn to your careerists, partner with your political colleagues, remember the White house, collaborate with Congress, think media, pace yourself, and enjoy the job.

Performance Management for Political Executives: A 'Start Where You Are, Use What You Have' Guide

Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - 20:00
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Wye describes how political executives can overcome common problems in the design, alignment, use, and communication of performance measures and information. The report links performance-based management to the higher calling of public service and provides a meaningful rationale as to why political executives should care about performance-based management. In the past, political appointees have traditionally focused primarily on the political agenda, without much attention given to management responsibilities.

Using Evaluation to Support Performance Management: A Guide for Federal Executives

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
This report documents the ways in which program evaluation is currently being used to support performance management. The authors draw from current practices to derive recommendations for improving the links between program evaluation and performance measurement, and management in the federal government. Managing for Performance and Results

Working with the Congress

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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A part of a larger report, "Becoming an Effective Political Executive: 7 Lessons from Experienced Appointees," the "Working with the Congress" essay describes how political appointees can work with Congress. The essay provides an overview of how Congress functions, how decisions on money and programs are made, appropriators and authorizers, legislators and their constituencies, oversight, and how to get things done.

Working with the Media

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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A part of the larger report, "Becoming an Effective Political Executive: 7 Lessons from Experienced Appointees," the essay "Working with the Media" describes how political appointees can work with the media. The essay covers technique, how to minimize the impact of bad news, offensive and defensive strategies, and how to survive in the government/media culture.

Human Capital 2002

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
This book provides eight studies on the "state" of human capital in government today. Carol Chetkovich discusses the challenge of recruiting the best and the brightest to government. Hal G. Rainey describes how four federal agencies are using special authorities to "win the war for talent." Ray Blunt presents two studies on how government can better develop its future leaders. Michael D. Serlin describes the need for increased mobility among federal executives and presents case studies of six leaders who exemplified mobility throughout their careers.

Human Capital 2004

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
After explaining the role of human capital management and its inherent challenges, the book is divided into two parts, each presenting compelling case studies. The first part explores the workplace challenges. Here the challenge is that of building a workplace, supported by an effective, streamlined personnel system, that promotes top performance. Case studies analyze the IRS, USAID, USPS, and civil service reform in Texas, Georgia, and Florida. The second challenge to human capital management relates to people. The challenge here is getting the most from people.