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Great Leadership Books for Your Holiday Shopping List

Tom Fox | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

As the holiday shopping spree begins, consider picking up a gift that's professionally useful -- a good book to help you or someone on your list gain insight on leadership and work-related issues.

Talking Leadership With Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

Tom Fox | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Pritzker, who founded and ran five different businesses in real estate, hospitality, senior living and financial services, spoke about her management and leadership philosophy with me.

Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

A number of federal employees responded to my recent column about the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, largely reinforcing the flaws that recent surveys found in the way agencies manage this premier initiative.

What the Secret Service Needs to Do Now

Tom Fox | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Low employee morale can hinder the ability of agencies to effectively carry out their missions on behalf of the American people. With federal agencie...

The Deep-rooted Problems With Government

Tom Fox | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University and author of Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do B...

Bleeding the Federal Workforce

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

After 17 terms serving in Congress, Rep. Frank R. Wolf announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Wolf, a Republican from Northern Virginia, h...

Leadership lessons from baseball

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The principles of managing a baseball team can apply to leaders in all sorts of fields. That's the conclusion, at least, drawn by Howard C. Fero, the ...

Celebrating What Government Gets Right

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government is responsible for numerous important accomplishments due to the talented and dedicated people who have chosen to serve, but to...

How NASA Keeps Innovating

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Rod Pyle, the author of Innovation the NASA Way, has led leadership trainings at NASA's Johnson Space Center for its top executives and has also train...

Treating Citizens Like Customers

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Providing services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to the missions of most federal agencies, but many are falling short. ...

Building an emergency health response

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federa...

How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal workforce is shrinking, as more and more employees leave government and the rate of hiring declines. Unfortunately, this also comes at a t...

How to show leadership, even if you aren't the leader

Tom Fox | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Henry Evans is the co-author of "Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter," which explores ways that you can demonstrate leadership regardless of your...

How to Clear Your Inbox, Make Decisions and Generally Get Things Done

Tom Fox | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

David Allen is the founder of the David Allen Company, which focuses on productivity, action management and executive coaching.

Alfonso Batres: A Leadership Veteran

Tom Fox | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

"Vet Centers provide a safe confidential environment where combat veterans and their families can receive prompt professional services. Many of our Vet Center staff are veterans themselves and understand and appreciate the veteran's service to country."

How to Be a Great Boss

Tom Fox | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

"The challenge for new managers is understanding you are no longer an individual contributor but responsible for the performance of others," says Linda A. Hill, professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School.

Want to Drive Innovation in Your Federal Agency? Start With Leaders at the Top

Tom Fox | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

Leadership is the key to employee commitment, and ultimately to innovation and results.

Developing the Leadership Skills of High-Potential Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 10.30.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

Despite the lean times that lie ahead, the great challenges facing our nation and the need for more effective government call out for investing in the development of a new generation of leaders.

What Are Battered Feds To Do? Don't Worry, Be Happy

Tom Fox | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

There's been a steady drumbeat of bad news for federal employees for more than a year, and the stories are likely to get worse before they get better.

Managing Your Young Guns

Tom Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

This Federal Coach column originally ran in The Washington Post Lately, I've noticed a lot more young professionals with federal agency badges commut...