Everybody hates bureaucracies, even those who work in them. No one set out to make bureaucracies the enemy of ordinary people, resistant to change, impervious to new realities, and incompetent. Few if any individuals choose public service as a career because they want to make life miserable for people or to work for some hapless bureaucracy. Indeed, I can attest from decades of working with talented and dedicated public servants that the opposite is often true. And yet, the humorist Will Rogers said decades ago, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”
This informative, entertaining, and useful book, he delves into what it takes to be a leader who can get results without creating unnecessary enemies.
This practical, no-nonsense look at leadership will not only provide a useful guide but also serve as an inspiration for young people interested in entering public service.
This book illustrates, as the title suggests, the act of having passion for leadership. Robert Gates shows his insightful first-hand experience and provides helpful tips for improving leadership and bureaucracy in nonprofits.
If you are a supervisor or a team leader, you know how difficult it is to run a unit or a team. You’ve the one job where everyone seems to give you a hard time; management demands improved performance, employees want you to solve their problems, other units need you to
Confessing that he has flunked retirement, Iacocca calls on citizens of all ages to vote, get involved, and choose our leaders carefully. Along the way, he shares stories about the prominent people he's met and known, including the time he smoked cigars with Fidel Castro, what Bob Hope told him about
Too many companies are managed not by leaders but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What would it take to replace these empty suits with real leaders—men and women who are confident in who they are and what they stand for and who truly inspire people to achieve extraordinary results? Rob
A leader is a person who notices the strengths in others and has enough courage to nurture it and ensure that it grows. Unfortunately, there are not many of these people around nowadays although many have the potential. They just need a push of courage and that is what this summary
No one set out to make bureaucracies the enemy of ordinary people, resistant to change, impervious to new realities, and incompetent.
Few if any individuals choose public service as a career because they want to make life miserable for people or to work for some hapless bureaucracy.
The obstacles to cutting costs and becoming more onerous for the public sector leaders in both the public and private sectors face multiple barriers to innovation and reform to cope with new and changing circumstances.
Visionary leaders at all levels can discern a different and better future for the organization, no matter its size, and can map a realistic path to attaining that future.
To be successful agents of change, leaders not only must be able to envision a new way forward but must also be practical, with the skill to build broad support and implement their vision.
To govern well requires two distinct kinds of ability: political skill and the administrative mind. Both are very rare, either in combination or separately.
Armed with clearly defined goals for change, a new leader will be tempted to plunge ahead and let the chips fall where they may.
For successful change at every kind of institution in both the private and the public sectors, a leader must win the support of those in the trenches who deliver the mission of the organization.