Posts Tagged: authority

Power Tools of Government

What are the major levers for driving changes in government agencies? Traditional tools are statutory changes, budgetary controls, and executive orders. But one that seasoned government executives will use to drive change is control over delegations of authority. A recent report by the Partnership for Public Service on how several federal agencies created shared service… Read more »

Leadership vs. Management

I was having a discussion with my wife the other day about the differences between “leadership” and “management.” And then to that prickly question of what is meant by “authority.” So here were my general thoughts on the matter, and how they relate to government: “Management” is the “what” and the “how.” Leadership is the… Read more »

Fooling Ourselves and Paying a High Price

While the saga around the Penn State sexual abuse scandal will, and should, continue as people come to terms with the horrifying series of events that transpired, I find myself looking for any good that can come from this disturbing series of (in)actions of those in positions of authority. What happened in Happy Valley is… Read more »

Waldo in the Light of Austerity and Federal Debt Crisis, Part 2

“This is Part 2 of a 2 part series. Read Part 1 by clicking the link in the Related Articles box below this article. Jan Kallberg Waldo’s predictions about the future for public administration describe five areas that would be problematic in the future: legitimacy, authority, knowledge, control, and confidence. Legitimacy includes not only that… Read more »

A few news stories worth noting

So, I feel like during the past few days there have been quite a few interesting news stories (related to social media) worth sharing. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Social Authority Scores for Job Seekers — Hmm…interesting way to establish professional credibility in online, social space. Roger Ebert’s Tweet: Bad Tweet, or… Read more »

Hyperlocal websites are invaluable to Local Authorities

I was recently interviewed about hyperlocal websites relationship with Camden Council (in response to this blog post; “Digital Strategy: How Camden will be engaging with the local community through hyperlocal websites“) and an overview about our new website. This article has now been published and featured on E-Gov Bulletin by Dan Jellinek titled ‘Hyperlocal’ Information… Read more »

California Space Race

A vocal and well-prepared team of aerospace professionals and backers in California is gaining momentum in its quest to enhance the region’s aerospace prowess. Influential members from myriad economic development, utility, education, government, military, and defense contractor groups have pooled their talent, assets, know-how, and hefty political backing to form the California Space Authority (CSA)… Read more »

How not to do it: Public Transport Authority

This is a post from a personal eGov blog I started a while back, but never found the time to really devote to it. I’m going to start a semi-regular feature piece here, at the moment under a working title of how not to do it. I want to make it crystal clear from the… Read more »