Leadership

Five Challenges Government Faces When Adopting Web 2.0

By Dennis D. McDonald In these heady days of transition, as we think about ways to improve government, it’s temping to over-sell the benefits of “Web 2.0.” I personally believe in Web 2.0 tools and techniques and how they can support what I call the Three C’s of Web 2.0: Collaboration, Content, and Communication. Just… Read more »

“311: The Next Wave”/ We’ve released our report and have a webcast tee-d up with Steve Goldsmith next week

Pleased to share our new report from Harvard’s Leadership for a Networked World Program, “311/The Next Wave: Nine Imperatives for Leadership of 311-Enabled Govt.” We brought 20 leaders of 311programs together earlier this year — business, technical, political folk – to explore the issues and opportunities ahead. This report rocks (ok, well, I wrote it,… Read more »

Leadership Lessons from the Election

As the election craze passes us by and we anticipate a massive transition within the walls our agencies, it’s nice to pause and reflect on what leadership lessons we can take from our new president elect and his campaign. Check out this blog from Scott Eblin, author and Executive coach, on Obama’s leadership: http://scotteblin.typepad.com/blog/2008/11/barack-the-community-organizer.html

Organising by Value or for Events but not around Resources or Functions

As we move steadily into understanding that Technologies of Web 2.0, and some others are going to have a profound impact on ‘how’ we are all working and managing there is beginning to be more and more material around on business architecture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_architecture the noble art of understanding how a business is organised in terms… Read more »

Network society is lagging in citizen participation in policy decision-making in local government, finds a new study

In his crossnational analysis of the impact of online citizen participation on local government decision-making, Jensen (2008: 25) has reported that the network society is lagging when it comes to citizen participation in policy decision-making. (n=348 elected local government officials in 316 randomly selected municipalities in the United States). Check his full paper.* Dr D.C.Misra… Read more »

IBM Center Launches Transition Resources

Next week, we’ll know who the next President will be. And he’ll have to hit the ground running to deal with the mega-challenges he’ll face. His first task will be to put in place his team of executives to run agencies that oftentimes dwarf even Fortune 50 companies. How do they get up to speed?… Read more »

Is micromanagement killing Generation X/Y?

This blog was originally published by John, the Chief Information Security Officer for Young Government Leaders, on the YGL website: http://www.younggovernmentleaders.org/blog.htm Is micromanagement killing generation X/Y? “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while… Read more »

Rule #6: “Most meetings contain a very high % of “Mental Masturbation” which can be significantly reduced by the chair creating and following and agenda”

Rule #6: “Most meetings contain a very high % of “Mental Masturbation” which can be significantly reduced by the chair creating and following and agenda” For 25 years peers, bosses, subordinates and my wife have tried to convince me to eliminate the term “mental masturbation” from my vocabulary. I continue to use it not for… Read more »

How Can Community Based Social Media Support the Next Census?

How Can Community Based Social Media Support the Next Census? By Dennis D. McDonald A recent AP article titled Census: Big Brother anxieties could hurt count reports official concern that the next US census is threatened by public anxiety about government activities such as immigration control and anti-terrorism measures. This made me wonder how the… Read more »