The Fall 2015 The Business of Government magazine delves into a diverse set of topics and public management issues facing us today. With each edition, I present the leadership stories of a select group of public servants and complement their front-line experience with practical insights from thought leaders—merging real-world experience with practical scholarship.
This report includes two essays
reflecting different perspectives on preparing for and working in large-scale
The first essay, "Keys to Effectively Partner in Temporary Networks," by Ross
O’Brien, examines the roles of nongovernmental organizations...
"Ultimately, [the goal] is to make it a way of living, a way of thinking.
You begin to look for waste in whatever you do. Once you start thinking
that way, you can change the way that you are doing things so that it
is more efficient.”
"If you think about what we’re about, creating knowledge, sharing
information for the advancement of humankind, then we’re all about
sharing information, but we also have the challenge of security and
securing the information. So balancing this is a big challenge.”
“We are moving to a patient-centric environment, where veteran health information can
be shared more easily…. [So] no matter where the veteran goes, the access to his or her
medical information is very easy, to the point where it can actually be accessed by other