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What should be the abbreviation for the new GPRA law?

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John Kamensky commented on John Kamensky's blog post 'Creating Organizational Self-Defense'
"Mark - The report cards analogy is excellent!  Thanks!  JOHN K."
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Mark Hammer commented on John Kamensky's blog post 'Creating Organizational Self-Defense'
"Thanks for the nod, John.  Much appreciated. The "monitoring thing" is, I think greatly overlooked.  Ekman refers to those situations where single parents, or other types too busy with work to be home, leave latch-key children on…"
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John Kamensky commented on John Kamensky's blog post 'Creating Organizational Self-Defense'
"Thanks, Mark, for your insightful comments!  So all organizational dysfunction has roots in parenting techniques, I guess! . . . But seriously, I think you have identified the right elements and the challenge of leaders is putting them into…"
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Mark Hammer commented on John Kamensky's blog post 'Creating Organizational Self-Defense'
"I think the complementary set of questions to what you raise is the matter of how one inculcates the non-need for whistleblower protection laws.  That is, whistleblowers often arise in response to the organization's perceived…"
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Creating Organizational Self-Defense

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late?So-called scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of telework hours at the Patent Office or…See More
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Creating Organizational Self-Defense

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late?So-called scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of telework hours at the Patent Office or…See More
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The "-Stat" Movement Turns Twenty

Harvard’s Bob Behn has been working on his latest book about the “-Stat” movement for more than a decade.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release and told him I would read and share my impressions with others.  In his inimitable response, he just asked that I spelled “Behn” and “PerformanceStat” correctly. Since 2001, Dr. Behn has visited dozens of governmental organizations that are using the PerformanceStat model – some well, and some poorly.  His bold objective was to answer the research…See More
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** Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1977, MPA
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Creating Organizational Self-Defense

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:23pm 4 Comments

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late?

So-called scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of…

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The "-Stat" Movement Turns Twenty

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:34am 0 Comments

Harvard’s Bob Behn has been working on his latest book about the “-Stat” movement for more than a decade.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release and told him I would read and share my impressions with others.  In his inimitable response, he just asked that I spelled “Behn” and “PerformanceStat” correctly.…

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Accumulated Wisdom

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The Urban Institute’s Harry Hatry is one of the pioneers of the late 20th century performance measurement movement.  He has just released a new guide on transforming performance measurement that sums his best practical advice in one place.

Harry Hatry is legendary.  His indefatigable commitment to measuring government…

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Goal Leaders: An Innovation That Works

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:05pm 0 Comments

I’ve been getting calls from reporters who are asking whether President Obama is interested in government management. But a management innovation he introduced in the early days of his administration is finally taking off. Sometimes it takes a few years to find out if a management innovation works.

 

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To Trust - or Not

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:57pm 0 Comments

“Trust but verify” was President Ronald Reagan’s mantra during the Cold War.  But today, “trust” is a key element to creating effective cross-agency networks to get things done. But what, exactly, is “trust,” and how do you know what to look for?

 

Increasingly, addressing public management challenges requires the use of collaborative networks across a…

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At 6:34pm on November 26, 2012, Gary Vetter said…

Hi John...In August 2011, you wrote an article about Using Dashboards in Government that featured itdashboard.gov.  I see that site is no longer being updated, and all of its content has been "archived." Do you know what the future of itdashboard.gov is?  Was the initiative terminated? 

At 12:05am on February 16, 2009, Barry Everett said…
I posted your article "From Here to There" as a discussion in the Enabling Collaboration group. I hope you don't mind, it seems a way to thread the needle to sew this cloth into a suitable garment. See "Some Background on the Directive".
At 10:11am on December 8, 2008, Robert Smudde said…
Hi John, from what I've heard, HR 404 will be reintroduced in the next congress with all of the changes made during it's first run. I've been told it's watered down a bit now, but better than nothing. A number of customer service leaders are worried about the burden it might create... definitely worth keeping an eye on it. I support agencies as my full-time job, so I'm hoping to keep the Customer Service Group current and busy. Thanks for joining. Your input will always be valued.
At 2:48pm on December 6, 2008, Robert Smudde said…
Hi John, I work for the federal government's USA Services E-Government Initiative doing research and managing a couple federal government groups related to improving customer service. I just started a GovLoop group to help network those of us with an interest in that area. http://www.govloop.com/group/governmentcustomerservice. I hope you'll take a look. Collaboration is increasingly coming up in my conversations about citizens' relationships with government. I'd love to have your input into what I'm doing sometime. Have a great day!
 
 
 

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