Off to a Running State Capital Start: A Transition Guide for New Governors and Their Teams
This report provides three sets of lessons from Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, a pair of veteran observers of state and local government management, to help gubernatorial teams move quickly and set the stage for a successful term in office:
- Leverage state government’s existing executive talent
- Treat state government as an integrated enterprise
- Organize decision making to achieve results
These lessons are based on the authors’ nearly 30 years of experience in reporting on state governments as well as a set of reports developed in 2016 for the upcoming presidential transition, prepared by the IBM Center for The Business of Government in collaboration with the Partnership for Public Service. A basic message emerged that has relevance at all levels of government: prioritizing good management early in the tenure of a new administration helps achieve positive results quickly, while a lack of management focus can derail successful implementation.