The Federal Management Playbook

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Ira Goldstein Shows How to Lead and Succeed in the Public Sector

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“Goldstein’s book is a thorough treatise on how to manage intelligently, how to avoid failure, how to identify problems while they are still correctable, and how to manage both the difficult and the unpopular. He livens it up with numerous case histories and anecdotes and draws on his vast experience in the public and private sectors, both as a federal executive and manager and as a contractor and consultant, to disseminate in readable prose how federal leaders and managers can succeed with the most difficult tasks. The book provides an extraordinary ‘What to do’ and ‘What not to do’ guide when facing difficult tasks and missions.”—Tom Davis, former US Congressman

Stories of government management failures often make the headlines, but quietly much gets done as well: flight safety, census counts and social security check accuracy are at all-time highs. What makes the difference? Ira Goldstein offers wisdom about how to lead and thrive in the federal realm, even during periods when the political climate is intensely negative, based on his decades of experience as a senior executive at two major government consulting firms and as a member of the US federal government's Senior Executive Service.

The Federal Management Playbook contains critical insights and lessons for those who want to succeed in the upcoming change in Federal administrations. The book coaches the importance of always keeping four key concepts in mind when planning for success: goals, stakeholders, resources, and time frames. Its chapters show how to use four essential building blocks to more effectively motivate government employees, pick the right technologies, communicate and negotiate with powerful stakeholders, manage risks, get value from contractors, foster innovation, and better deliver taxpayer value. Goldstein makes lessons easy to apply by breaking each chapter's plans into three strategic phases: create an offensive strategy, execute your plan effectively, and play a smart defense. Additional tips describe how career civil servants and political appointees can get the most from one another, advise consultants on providing value to government, and help everyone better manage ever-present oversight.

The Federal Management Playbook is a must-read for anyone working in the government realm and for students who aspire to public service.

IRA GOLDSTEIN is a founder and former director of Deloitte's US Federal Practice, providing consulting and advisory services to large federal agencies and departments. He previously held the position in the federal government of the US Assistant Comptroller General and Chief Operating Officer of the US Government Accountability Office.

PUBLICATION DATE: October 20, 2016, 304 pages
ISBN 9781626163720, paperback $19.95

PUBLICITY CONTACT: Jackie Beilhart, (202) 687-9298, jb594(at)georgetown(dot)edu

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