Great thoughts, Steve. This seems like it’s easier/more encourage in private industry since it’s more of a performance-based culture and advancing is tied to making your success and savvy visible – though I’ll grant that organizational politics are similar wherever your work.

By the same token, it may be easier in government to voice your opinion since government has such a reputation for being a place where it’s ‘harder to get fired.’ In some ways, there are MORE protections for a government employee to stick his/her neck out and still have a job, eh? What makes risk-taking tough in government may not be the internal risk, but the external risk of that idea being implemented and it failing in front of taxpayers who are awfully fickle.