Academic journal article The Public Manager

A Smorgasbord of Topics

Academic journal article The Public Manager

A Smorgasbord of Topics

Article excerpt

Change is happening everywhere, all the time, and at a record pace in some instances. But I'm sure I don't have to tell that to you, the federal workforce, which has been going through continuous change in the last several years. The ability to manage that change, whether it is at the agency level or the workforce level, will be the difference between success and failure.

This month's Forum highlights the ins and outs of mastering change management and, as Walter McFarland writes, how to "use change as a fuel for performance improvement." All the articles in this Forum point out the opportunity that change management presents "to develop the federal workforce, increase engagement, and improve mission effectiveness."

"The world is changing rapidly and profoundly, threatening the federal government's ability to perform important public missions in the future," Dan G. Blair writes in his article. "It is critical that agencies undertake the long-range planning needed to identify and implement often-complex changes in time to meet the demands of the future," he adds.

Along with the thorough look at change management, this issue examines transformational leadership, social change, and analytics-driven talent management. Another article takes an inside look at how best to prepare senior executives working in government. …

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