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The Public Manager

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The Public Manager is a unique, quarterly journal for public sector learning professionals to create Federal leadership that works: furthering knowledge, vision, professionalism, and best practices at all levels of government.

Every issue discusses pivotal concerns of federal senior executives and middle managers. It shares their innovative ideas, practical applications for new learning technologies, and management successes.

This Issue: Spring 2015

It Takes a Team: FEVS Success at USTDA

By: Paula Ketter

Solving the Leadership Development Dilemma
By: Marie A. Westbrook

Increasing Civic Engagement With Hackathons

By: Phillip Leclair

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Spring Issue

Is Your Agency Ready for an Innovation Office?

by Rachel Burstein and Alissa Black

A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government offers practical advice for agencies on how to create and sustain an innovation office.

Seeking Directions on the Road to Talent Management Success

by Liam Ackland

Analytics-driven HR systems can guide organizations down the right talent development path.

Solving the Dilemma of Senior Executive Training

by Marie A. Westbrook

An inside look at a leadership development program in the federal sector sheds light on how best to prepare senior executives working in government.

Training Is a Bit Brighter for the Federal Workforce, but How and What?

by Patty Gaul

Top of mind for the federal government are best practices for training and retaining federal employees.

Mechanics of Federal Restructuring

by T.E. Winchell, Sr.

A successful restructuring effort requires a coherent plan that addresses resource requirements, likely employee reactions, and management commitment.

A Tale of Transformational Leadership

by Michael Belcher

An unlikely source provides a Marine Corps officer a story that conveys the difference—and the distance—between management and leadership.

Continuous Change Calls for Continuous Improvement

by Robert A. Green, Jr., Ian Barford, and Michael Smith

Organizational restructuring and intensive process changes at OPTEVFOR present an opportunity for innovation and improvement. Enter Six Sigma.

Social Change Is at Our Fingertips

by Ximena Hartsock

The power of technology to enact social change is turning everyone into an actor, not a spectator, in policy making.


2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

by Patrick Moniz

The latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ratings spotlight highs and lows for federal agencies.


Internal Audit Spending: How Much Is Enough?

by Richard F. Chambers

Internal audits play a significant role in protecting the interests of the people government agencies serve.



Hackathons: A Jump Start for Innovation

by Phillip Leclair

A civic hackathon improves transparency, increases community engagement, and builds innovation in the city of Pasadena.



Power of Plain Language on Employee Performance

by Krystle Allen Mitchell

How can plain language training improve employee—and agency—performance?



The National Ombudsman Supports Small Business

by Brian Castro

The National Ombudsman brings fair regulatory enforcement to America's small businesses.



A Smorgasbord of Topics

By Paula Ketter


Invoking the Ancients to Rescue Leadership Development

Reviewed by Kitty Wooley



A Culture of Collaboration Leads to Success for USTDA

By Paula Ketter

When employees clearly understand how their work contributes to the agency mission, they own their results.



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