Ellen Herbst, chief financial officer and assistant secretary of Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss aligning mission support with mission delivery, the department's management and performance agenda, how Commerce is working to transform the way it does business, and what Commerce is doing to support its employees and reform its hiring process.
In the March 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “The Looming Challenge to U.S.
Competitiveness,” Michael Porter and Jan Rivik point out that the U.S. faces a deeper, more
fundamental challenge than recovering from a recession of unusual depth and duration—
that is, its ability to be competitive globally. “To restore its competitiveness, America needs
a long-term strategy,” counsel Potter and Rivik.
Two professional associations, the American Society for
Public Administration and the National Academy of Public
Administration, have joined to sponsor a series of forums
addressing the management challenges likely to face whomever
is sworn in as president in January 2013.
One of these forums examined the leadership challenges
associated with getting big things done, and explored lessons
from past experiences.