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Citizen today, March 2012

US political appointees share
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The book provides case studies of how each approaches the management challenges and achieves the mission of their organization.

Paul R. Lawrence and Mark A. Abramson, our government and public sector leaders, present the findings of a two-year study of top political appointees in the Obama Administration in their book Paths to making a difference: leading in government.

They focus on the challenges of political leadership and how top executives succeed in accomplishing an Administration's objectives.

Through interviews with deputy secretaries and agency heads, the book provides case studies of how each approaches the management challenges and achieves the mission of their organization.

In addition to learning lessons readers can apply to their own jobs, the book identifies three main myths about the American government.

  • Myth one: The United States federal government is overridden by political appointees.
  • Myth two: Most political appointees in the United States federal government lack appropriate experience for their positions.
  • Myth three: Political appointees in the United States do not get along with the career civil service.

For details about ordering a copy of Paths to making a difference, please contact, Lauren Verdery at lauren.verdery@ey.com.



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