Academic journal article The Public Manager

The New Normal

Academic journal article The Public Manager

The New Normal

Article excerpt

Collaboration is fast becoming the "new normal" for public managers.

This issue examines competencies and characteristics of collaborative leaders and the demands placed on managers in a collaborative environment. The Forum explores the expectations of a collaborative leader and the new capabilities that managers must have to lead change in this environment.

"Most approaches to leading change are designed for the top or the bottom of the organization, not for the middle," Jackson Nickerson writes in his Forum article on page 29. His article highlights three ideas to help build the change management capabilities of public managers.

Management is a secondary focus in this issue. Contributing authors highlight the need for management-friendly workplace environments, the demand for immediate conflict resolution in team environments, and the importance of a unifying change vision to help managers cope with challenges during political change and economic upheaval.

"Uncertainty, fear, and worry fuel the nightmares of public managers," Paul Eder and Blaine R. Young write in their feature article on page 52. Their article explores a change paradigm that can help public managers navigate this uncertainty.

Change is occurring at an alarming rate in the workplace and managers are in the middle of the change. …

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