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The Theory of Creativity

The Theory of Creativity

There are five main steps to the creative process. Applying their elements to the public sector can bring a fresh look to the way administrators lead and embrace change. …

Building Evaluation Capacity in Government and Nonprofit Agencies

Building Evaluation Capacity in Government and Nonprofit Agencies

If government and nonprofit agencies truly want to identify the extent to which social programs are successful, they will need to pursue practical and realistic strategies that strengthen their evaluation…

Do School Districts Close the Right Schools?

Do School Districts Close the Right Schools?

When Chicago closed 49 schools in 2013, this decision drew national attention. What factors could have led to the selections of the schools fated to close?…

Lemming Leadership: Destructive Administrative Practices

Lemming Leadership: Destructive Administrative Practices

Though the image of lemmings jumping off a cliff is a myth created by Disney’s 1958 film, “White Wilderness,” the parallel of a nation following a leader over the cliff…

Will “Medicare for All” Help Make America Great?

Will “Medicare for All” Help Make America Great?

"Medicare for all" will be a major focus of the 2020 Presidential Campaign. Both those who support and oppose the reform have a responsibility to clearly define just what the…

Lessons from Davos

Lessons from Davos

The World Economic Forum, held each year in Davos, Switzerland, is typically characterized as a meeting of the world’s movers and shakers in banking, multinational finance and securities markets. Many…

What’s the Bottom Line in Government?

What’s the Bottom Line in Government?

Governments do quite a bit. But by developing a bottom line, local governments can bring clarity, focus and organization to their priorities. …

Training the Next Generation of Federal Government Program and Project Managers

Training the Next Generation of Federal Government Program and Project Managers

As the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) enters the next three years of implementation, there are promising initiatives aimed to meet the project and program management training challenge.…

Improving Public Administration Conferences

Improving Public Administration Conferences

The regional and national public administration conferences provide intellectually stimulating experiences, plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and practitioners, as well as a chance to receive practical feedback on…

Lessons from a Long-Time CIO: Otto Doll

Lessons from a Long-Time CIO: Otto Doll

Otto Doll, long-time Chief Information Officer, is easing into retirement now. Yet his years of experience and well-earned esteem are worth examining. A lengthy conversation with Doll elicited a number…

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Fate of the Middle Class

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Fate of the Middle Class

Many middle class families now find themselves living paycheck to paycheck, turning to payday lenders to make ends meet. Yet the institution meant to look out for consumers, the Consumer…