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Values Shape Decisions

Values Shape Decisions

Candidates promising to run government like a business are not new. The first time I heard this promise in a presidential campaign was from Jimmy Carter. After that, I experienced…

Revisiting Change Management

Revisiting Change Management

The fact that change is inevitable and affects all organizations, including those employed by them, means it is still a relevant topic now. Organizations change in response to dynamic operating…

Ten Notable Resources for Local Elected Officials Involved in Cross-Sector Collaboration

Ten Notable Resources for Local Elected Officials Involved in Cross-Sector Collaboration

This list of resources is intended for local elected officials involved in cross-sector collaboration. These cases, tools, scholarly articles and reports tackle topics ranging from mayors and businesses working together…

Good Citizenship Starts Way Before You Can Vote… Make It A Habit

Good Citizenship Starts Way Before You Can Vote… Make It A Habit

We should cultivate good habits, nurture them and discard bad habits. Habits can be constant life companions – both the good ones and the bad ones. Perhaps young people could…

Harvey and Irma: FEMA and The Need to Re-Evaluate America’s Emergency Management Network In The Age Of Climate Change

Harvey and Irma: FEMA and The Need to Re-Evaluate America’s Emergency Management Network In The Age Of Climate Change

It’s 2017 and I believe it is time to rethink our nations’ emergency response apparatus!…

Leaving the Service

Leaving the Service

Eventually, every service member will leave the military and return to the civilian ranks. Every one of us at some point thought about what our last day in uniform would…

Army Leadership Doctrine (ALD) – It Makes a Difference

Army Leadership Doctrine (ALD) – It Makes a Difference

At a time when a good leadership model is sorely needed, practitioners should consider Army Leadership Doctrine (ALD). Let’s examine the methods.…

Testimonial Recruitment Units (TRU’s) – Special Military Recruiting Teams

Testimonial Recruitment Units (TRU’s) – Special Military Recruiting Teams

Recruiting for military service has followed a similar style and function for many years. Each branch of service has its own staff of recruiters, promotional campaign and messaging themes. The…

Tyranny of the Administrative State? – Another View

Tyranny of the Administrative State? – Another View

Is the U.S. administrative state becoming a tyranny comparable to that of King James of 17th century England? John Tierney makes this case in a Wall Street Journal article…

Addressing Our Blind Spots

Addressing Our Blind Spots

We all have implicit associations which can lead us to display biases for or against certain groups of people. The associations that arguably disturb people the most are that white…

Complexity Economics and Government Innovation

Complexity Economics and Government Innovation

The General Services Administration (GSA) is piloting some projects involving innovative technologies. There are pilots for artificial intelligence applications, chatbots and blockchains. About thirty federal agencies are working with GSA…