What is the level of your business acumen?
If you are familiar with the Executive Core Qualifications tracks (designed by OPM to develop government leaders), you will know that the ECQ4 track is Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically. Public service motivation and being able to analyze policy is only part of being a great government employee. It is also important to understand the corporate side of civil service. Managing budgets, organizing people, and understanding how to get the most out of technology are also key factors in cultivating your skills in the public sector, just as you would in the private sector.
Is your business acumen up to snuff? How have you managed these resources successfully in your agency?
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