As with each edition, this issue of The Business of Government magazine has as its focus the core mission of the Center—connecting research to practice as a means to improve public management. We do this by bringing together insights and perspectives, blended with an equal measure of practicality and reflection, from an array of government leaders, public managers, thinkers, practitioners, and academics.
This guide offers ideas on how agencies can start closing the gaps between managers and staff, as well as tips on how to use the Staff/Manager Alignment Score to supplement and refine efforts to improve the workplace.
Big problems call for big solutions. And so, with the states mired in historically unpleasant fiscal times, many have decided they need to go far beyond Band-Aid solutions in favor of tourniquets and transplants.
The nation’s looming financial crisis, fueled by trillion-dollar plus
annual federal budget deficits, has compelled all U.S.
government departments and agencies to adopt cost-reduction
campaigns and efficiency initiatives.
Over the last 13 years, we published more than 300 research reports and interviewed some
300 senior government executives. It is from this rich library that we’ve identified several
broad societal trends that we believe are changing what it takes to be a successful leader at
all levels of government.
Cuts are in the air. Some government managers talk about making them with scalpels, while others concede that shortfalls are so large that they're going to have to use hatchets (and whether they say it or not, a few are going to wind up using napalm).