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Examining What Lies Ahead: Enduring Growth, Building Resilience and Changing Perspective

Examining What Lies Ahead: Enduring Growth, Building Resilience and Changing Perspective

If we (as leaders and managers) take the opportunity to make the most out of forced change, then we can improve the systems and processes within our organizations that honestly…

Municipal Diversity Plans: Transitioning from Performative to Purposeful

Municipal Diversity Plans: Transitioning from Performative to Purposeful

Transitioning from a performative municipal diversity plan to a SMART, purposeful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan that effectively addresses the root causes of systemic racial inequality is key in the…

Professionals in Government: A Necessity or Luxury?

Professionals in Government: A Necessity or Luxury?

The Trump Administration calls for reclassifying positions with a policy component into a new personnel category Schedule F.—a designation that would strip them of long-held civil service protections and allow…

Pandemic: Bigger Than We Think—Part Two

Pandemic: Bigger Than We Think—Part Two

This column points out how human drives for land, water and food let loose pathogens that can kill us—millions of us. Population pressure is causing us to break more and…

Memo to the President: America needs an agency like the former Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

Memo to the President: America needs an agency like the former Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

It would be important for the incoming administration to have a forum for examining and suggesting improvements to the relations between federal, state, local and tribal governments. President-elect Biden should…

Professional and Personal Pointers for Credible Communication

Professional and Personal Pointers for Credible Communication

In communication, it is critical for the encoder (the message originator) to understand the way the decoder (the person or body receiving the message) will interpret the information conveyed. Thus,…

New Hope for Refugees Under the Biden Administration—But Will It Last?

New Hope for Refugees Under the Biden Administration—But Will It Last?

Refugee resettlement, like many other public policy issues, creates two sides that are staunchly opposed with seemingly little room for compromise. Can we find a lasting middle ground that will…

Council of Past Presidents

Council of Past Presidents

Driven by the need for a new era of creativity and innovation in all areas of public administration, it is time to consider assembling the first United States Council of…

Peace in a Time of War—Can We Achieve It?

Peace in a Time of War—Can We Achieve It?

The pandemic has helped bring many social issues to the surface and at the same time has limited our ability to address them in an equitable and efficient manner. Without…

The Genius of Mary Parker Follett

The Genius of Mary Parker Follett

It was a social worker and philosopher, and an intellectual by every measure, who made one of the most significant and lasting contributions to leadership in the public service; Mary…