With more than 220 years of service to the nation, the U.S. Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission maritime organization that safeguards the U.S. economic and security interests. From the oil platforms of the northern Arabian Gulf to the interior rivers, to an increasingly open and accessible Arctic, the Coast Guard ensures the safety, security, and stewardship of our maritime domain.
This edition of The Business of Government magazine provides a glimpse into the many challenges, risks, and opportunities facing today’s government executives. More importantly, it introduces a select group of government leaders who offer their insights, outline successes, and tell us how they, in their own unique way, are making a difference in an era of fiscal austerity.
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.