THIS BOOK IS INTENDED as a companion piece to my last book, Managing Government Employees: How to Motivate Them, Deal With Difficult Issues and Produce Tangible Results (AMACOM, February 2007). Whenever I gave presentations about that book, people remarked that it was about time someone wrote a book dealing with the problems that are unique to the government. It seems that the book has struck a nerve, and I continue to hear that officials in different sectors of the government are using it to help them manage their employees.
For example, Managing Government Employees is the one book that the state of New Jersey recommends for all candidates who are taking the Sheriff’s Promotional Exam. I am truly grateful for the reaction to this book, since my goal in writing it was to improve the way government is managed.
After completing it, I had no intention of doing a follow-up book. However, since the first book was written from a “top-down” perspective and many people were urging me to write one from a “bottom-up” point of view, I finally decided to tackle the subject of Managing Your Government Career.
This book is organized into three parts. Part 1 addresses whether working for the government is right for you and, if it is, how to get into the government. Part 2 discusses how to get off to a good start, build a good relationship with your supervisor, and develop some perspective. The last part is for people who have been with the government for a while