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Federal Leadership

Fixing What's Wrong With the IRS

Tom Fox | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

John Koskinen is the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), presiding over the nation's tax system, which collects approximately $2.4 tri...

Leadership Lessons From the Grave

Tom Fox | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

"I realized then what we did at the national cemetery for those who serve this nation, the veterans and their dependents, was special. I also understood that we don't have a second chance to do it right. We have to do it right the first time."

It's Feedback Time

Tom Fox | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Sheila Heen, a leadership coach who focuses on negotiation and decision-making in the workplace, recently co-authored the book "Thanks for the Feedbac...

Here's how to reform civil service in America

Tom Fox | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Linda Bilmes is a professor at the John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an author and an expert on civil service issues. She s...

Building a brand for your federal agency

Tom Fox | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

As federal leaders know all too well, budgets are tight and federal hiring is limited. But this doesn't mean that agencies should simply throw in the ...

Leadership Lessons From the Olympics

Tom Fox | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Like many of you, I love watching the Winter Olympics for both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Beyond witnessing these incredible athle...

What Makes a Great Federal Leader? The Stand-out Traits of This Year's Service to America Honorees

Tom Fox | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

As a general rule, successful federal leaders are highly motivated by a public service mission, clearly articulate a vision of what they want to accomplish, are persistent, collaborative and often have bosses who provide them with strong support.

Leadership Is a Walk in the Dark

Tom Fox | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Michael Harvey is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Business Management at Washington College. His work and research focuses on how leaders communicate.

Forest Service Chief on Managing 193 Million Acres of National Forest

Tom Fox | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Tom Tidwell is chief of the U.S. Forest Service, the agency that manages the nation's 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands that encompass 193 million acres.

New Presidents: How to Make a Smooth Transition Into the White House

Tom Fox | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Martha Joynt Kumar is a professor of political science at Towson University and the author and coauthor of several books on White House-related subjects.

Smart Leadership Can Ease Federal Workers' Dissatisfaction With Pay

Tom Fox | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal employee satisfaction with pay was down 6.1 percent during 2011, the most significant drop in almost 10 years. As a federal leader, your initial reaction might be to throw your hands up in air.