Getting to Know You: Rules of Engagement for Political Appointees and Career Executives
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. Rules for engagement for careerists include knowing their jobs and developing their expertise. For political appointees, rules include engaging the career staff and listening to their advice. The report is based on conversations conducted by the authors with both political and career executives.