Learning the Ropes: Insights for Political Appointees is geared to providing helpful advice to new political appointees on a variety of topics related to the challenge of managing in government. Chapters include advice of how to work well with career executives, how to work with congress and media, and how to effectively manage their own organization. A major theme throughout the book is that creating productive partnerships with career civil servants is crucial to the achievement of Administration goals and objectives.
Mark A. Abramson is Executive Director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, a position he has held since July 1998. Mr. Abramson was awarded the Laverne Burchfield Award for his article 'The Leadership Factor' that was selected as the Best Book Review of 1989 published in Public Administration Review. In 1989, he received the Elmer B. Staats Award for Accountability in Government by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Dr. Paul R. Lawrence is vice president with IBM's Business Consulting Services. Dr. Lawrence works with federal executives, helping them solve complex problems, by applying solutions proven in similar government settings or the private sector. He is also the Partner-in-charge of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, which seeks to advance knowledge on how to improve public sector effectiveness (www.businessofgovernment.org). He is the host of the weekly radio show, the Business of Government Hour, heard on WJFK FM 106.7 Saturdays at 9-10 a.m., where he interviews government leaders about their job, career and vision for the future of government. Since the show began in 1999, he has interviewed 150 senior government leaders in the Clinton and Bush administrations. He is the editor of the Business of Government Journal. He is also the co-editor of Transforming Organizations and the editor of the book series, which has produced 12 books on government management topics. (www.romanlittlefield.com/series).
Chapter 1 The Biggest Secret in Washington Part 2 Part I: Working with Career Executives Chapter 3 Becoming and Effective Political Executive: 7 Lessons from Experienced Appointees Chapter 4 Getting to Know You: Rules of Engagement for Political Appointees and Career Executives Part 5 Part II: Working with Congress and the Media Chapter 6 Working with Congress Chapter 7 Working with the Media Part 8 Part III: Working with Your Organization Chapter 9 Working to Transform Your Organization Chapter 10 Working with Career Executives to Manage for Results Chapter 11 Performance Management for Political Executives: A "Start Where You Are, Use What You Have" Guide