The Federal Coach: How to ‘Lead from the Middle’ when Spending Cuts Hit Your Agency

With last week’s release of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform report, it has become clear that some combination of spending cuts will likely be coming your agencies’ way.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about actions senior leaders can take to manage their employees’ fears and anxieties associated with talk of spending cuts, hiring freezes and furloughs.

Now, I’d like to address those of you who are managing in the “middle.” I recently received a question from a federal manager (GS-15) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that’s representative of concerns I’m hearing quite often:

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