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This edition of the Business of Government magazine highlights strong leaders with the right talent who are charged with executing the business of government. These leaders are responsible for a vast array of government missions that comprise a significant chunk of the federal government budget.
It is my charge to tell their stories, outline their collective challenges, illustrate their respective successes, share the lessons they have learned – and ultimately, to impart how best we can help these leaders be effective. It is about fulfilling the IBM Center’s own mission: connecting research to practice. We do this with every edition, offering timely, relevant, and thoughtful perspectives from leading practitioners and public managers. A common thread binds together most of the features in this edition – that is, strong leaders and good management can set an administration up for success in achieving policy and political priorities while reducing risks.
Forum on Developing a Management Roadmap for the Next Administration
Last year, the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service launched a Management Roadmap initiative as part of the Partnership’s Ready to Govern efforts. The Center and the Partnership sought to develop a set of management recommendations for the next administration – recommendations generated with an eye toward enhancing the capacity of government to deliver key outcomes for citizens. To develop these, the Center and the Partnership hosted a series of roundtable conversations that brought together senior public sector leaders and experts, top academics, and key stakeholders. The sessions explored current and past administration management initiatives that should be continued, new opportunities, and how to deliver real change in government through a comprehensive set of operational levers available to leaders. The recommendations gathered over the course of these meetings address approaches for enhancing a strong management system that better supports the incoming administration and more effectively delivers to the American people.
This forum highlights the reports, insights, and recommendations derived from the IBM Center and Partnership efforts and roundtables that have as their goal the development of a management roadmap for the next administration. Key topics include:
Conversations with Leaders
The four government executives featured in this issue exemplify a commitment to visionary thinking. Though they come from a host of disciplines and federal agencies, they share a single constant—they are all focusing on finding the methods, systems, and processes that work best.
All year long, I speak regularly with leaders who are pushing limits, transforming the way the government works, and making a difference. The five government executives profiled offer their insights into how they strive to change the ways government does business. They joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss critical issues facing their agencies. They include:
Perspective on Strategic Intelligence
Today’s government executives face serious and sometimes seemingly intractable issues that can cut to the core of effective governance and leadership. This calls for leaders to cultivate and possess conceptual tools that foster the practice of foresight, visioning, partnering, and motivating—what Dr. Michael Maccoby refers to as strategic intelligence.
What is strategic intelligence? What does it mean to be a strategic, operational, or network leader? What is the relationship between personality and leadership? Dr. Maccoby shares his perspective on these questions and to discuss his recent book Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change.
Finally, Dan Chenok explores new pathways to delivering on mission priorities and achieving key government outcomes. John Kamensky chronicles the creation of a cadre of enterprise-wide leaders within the federal government. And John Lainhart outlines how to enhance IT security intelligence.
I close this edition with overviews of recent IBM Center reports. If you have not read these reports, we encourage you to do so by visiting businessofgovernment.org.
I hope you enjoy this edition of The Business of Government magazine. Please let me know what you think by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.