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Good Enough for Government Work

Good Enough for Government Work

Public administration is a humanistic enterprise. Our research needs to look at the data and the people. If we lose ourselves in our algorithms, so to speak, we lose the…

‘Fresh Ideas’ About Employee Engagement? Not so Fast

‘Fresh Ideas’ About Employee Engagement? Not so Fast

The start of 2020 has prompted a barrage of articles and posts describing employee engagement trends and innovations. But are these ideas really moving the needle?…

The Role of the Administrative State in Times of a Possible Pandemic

The Role of the Administrative State in Times of a Possible Pandemic

Can we as a developed society continue to wait until disaster strikes to catch up to the aftermath? In an era of extreme weather-induced disasters and an ever connected world,…

Time to Revisit Zero-Based Budgeting?

Time to Revisit Zero-Based Budgeting?

In the late 1970s, a new budget methodology was gaining popularity in the Federal Government: Zero-Based Budgeting, popularly known as, “ZBB.” This article explains the basic philosophy behind ZBB and…

A Call to Tackle the Problem of Ageism

A Call to Tackle the Problem of Ageism

Older workers may be disadvantaged in fields where technical knowledge is changing rapidly, but they have a broad understanding of organizational realities. We must combat ageism in the Government sector…

Pandemic Planning: Avoiding the Last Minute Panic

Pandemic Planning: Avoiding the Last Minute Panic

Public administrators in all settings should plan for a pandemic now, not responding to these expectations in panic-mode at a later time. This planning should include several specific concerns.…

The Joy of the Question

The Joy of the Question

Asking meaningful questions requires a certain amount of vulnerability, curiosity and careful listening. We confine ourselves, and our organizations, when we fail to accomplish this. …