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Tom Fox
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Tom has experience in the federal executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, including the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), the U.S. Senate, and the White House.

Immediately prior to joining the Partnership in May 2002, Tom was a Senior Consultant with Andersen's Office of Government Services, providing strategic human capital and workforce planning support to government clients.

From 1998 to 2000, Tom was a human capital analyst with GAO where he managed the development of reports including Human Capital: A Self-Assessment Checklist for Agency Leaders and Human Capital: Key Principles from Nine Private Sector Organizations.

Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

Entries by Tom Fox

What Makes Some Federal Agencies Better Than Others at Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Given the complexity and difficulty of the challenges that government leaders face, encouraging innovation among their workers can pay dividends. Government-wide employee survey data, however, suggest that much more needs to be done to foster this type of culture at many federal organizations.

According to that data, nearly...

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Leadership Lessons From the CIA

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 10:50 AM

Timothy Kilbourn spent almost 30 years as a military analyst with the CIA. He was the deputy director of two divisions and the dean of the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis and served for several years as the daily briefer to President George W. Bush.

Kilbourn spoke about his...

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Dealing With Discrimination in the Federal Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Recent events in Indiana and Arkansas have renewed the national dialog about illegal discrimination, whether it involves discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, age, religion or gender. It's an important conversation to have, and not least because discrimination in the workplace can drain the energy from...

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What Makes Good Government Leaders?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:32 PM

Terry Newell was an Air Force officer, Director of Training for the Department of Education and Dean of Faculty of the government's Federal Executive Institute. He left federal service in 2005 and now focuses on ethics and values-based leadership in government. Newell spoke with me about the challenges facing federal...

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Using Social Media for Your Federal Agency

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Federal agencies first began using social media as a public-relations device to share news as well as organizational accomplishments, but many are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and other channels to directly engage the public and provide better customer service.

One of my favorite stories is the Department of...

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Working for Equal Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Jenny Yang, a child of immigrant parents and the first Asian American to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has spent her career focused on ensuring fairness in the workplace.

In this interview, Yang discusses her goals for the EEOC, which she took over as chair in September, and...

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Millennials Make Ideal Public Servants

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:08 PM

In conversations with leaders across the federal government, I've heard a common question and refrain: "How do I lead and manage the millennial generation? There's no way I can meet their expectations given that they've been reared in an online, on-demand, everyone-gets-a-trophy world."

In response, my team recently held a...

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Keeping Watch Over Health and Human Services

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 2:39 PM

Daniel R. Levinson has headed the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services for more than a decade. In this role, he manages a staff of 1,600 employees who delve into some of the government's hot-button issues, including health care, medical research, food...

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How to Diplomatically Get Out of Horrible Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Meetings! Ah, that stark fact of life in the workplace.

Personally, I have come to a basic conclusion: They take up too much time, produce too few results and need to be made shorter and more focused, if not curbed altogether.

As Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson note in...

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Bringing a City Back From Rock Bottom

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Tom Murphy was the mayor of Pittsburgh from 1994 to 2006, often engendering controversy as he helped revitalize the beleaguered steel town. He is now a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute.

Murphy discussed his passion for public service as well as the need for leaders...

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How to Find Time to Develop Your Leadership Skills

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Are you so caught up in the day-to-day grind of addressing personnel matters, budget concerns and sudden crises that there never seems to be time to even think about improving yourself at work?

If so, you're unfortunately in good company. Surveys show that federal leaders consistently give themselves poor grades...

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Maria Contreras-Sweet on Running the Small Business Administration

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who came to the United States from Mexico as a child, is the administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), a post she assumed after a career as an entrepreneur, business executive and state Cabinet official in California.

In this interview, Contreras-Sweet discusses her approach to...

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Leading in the Last Two Years of an Administration

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:28 PM

With only two years remaining for the Obama administration, it might be easy for agency leaders, both political and career, to assume they are in a lame-duck situation and can't get much done.

The truth is that agencies can accomplish a great deal in the next 24 months,...

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How Congress and Federal Leaders Can Work Better Together

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:40 PM

As the 114th session of Congress begins, we turned to two former legislators for greater insight into how congressional leaders and the federal leaders could work more effectively together. Olympia Snowe, a former Republican senator from Maine, and Dan Glickman, a former Democratic congressman from Kansas...

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Julián Castro Shares His Thoughts on Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Julián Castro became secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in July after serving as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He now is responsible for overseeing 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion, as well as for promoting community development and housing opportunities nationwide.

...
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How to Strengthen Federal Workers' Job Satisfaction

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:31 AM

The newly released 2014 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings show declining employee job satisfaction at a majority of agencies, but there is strong evidence that committed leaders can make a difference in creating more positive and productive work environments.

According to the...

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How Federal Leaders Can Use the 'Best Places to Work' Rankings

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:25 AM

The 2014 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings will be released on Tuesday, providing leaders and managers of Cabinet departments, their subcomponents and independent agencies with a wide array of information regarding how employees view their jobs and workplaces.

The rankings come at a time...

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Great Leadership Books for Your Holiday Shopping List

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:18 PM

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.

There are a number of volumes worth reading, whether you're looking to inspire your team to operate...

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Talking Leadership With Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:53 PM

As secretary of the Department of Commerce, Penny Pritzker has the job of promoting American businesses' economic development and overseeing a wide range of agencies, from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Administration to the Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

...
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Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows Program

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:44 PM

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.

The surveys, conducted by the Partnership for Public Service with assistance from the...

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