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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

Do We Need an Academy Like West Point, but for Civil Service?

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Arizona State University (ASU) will launch a Public Service Academy, an undergraduate program that will integrate cross-sector and civilian-military experiences to develop future leaders, this fall. In an interview with me, Jonathan Koppell, the dean of the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions, talked about the...

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How Top Federal Leaders Define Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:20 PM

During the past several years, I have asked a number of Cabinet secretaries and other top Obama administration officials about their leadership philosophies and styles, and the lessons they have learned from managing a large workforce. I decided to collect highlights from their answers in one place, in the hope...

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Cass Sunstein on the Virtue of Anxious Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Cass Sunstein is a professor and legal scholar at Harvard, the author of numerous books and the former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He spoke with me about his experiences in the Obama administration, his views on regulatory policy and leadership, his favorite sport...

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How to Be a Better Coach to Your Employees

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Whether in the public, private or nonprofit sector, leaders produce the best results when they invest in teaching and mentoring their employees. That means not only encouraging them to perform their existing roles exceptionally well, but providing long-term developmental support that stretches them beyond their current experience and expertise.

If...

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Lessons From a Longtime Washington Leader

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:33 AM

David Mader left the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 for the private sector after more than three decades of federal service. Yet last year he returned to government, from Booz Allen Hamilton, this time as controller of the Office of Management and Budget. He is now focused on improving management...

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Dealing With Conflict in the Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 5:06 PM

People want leadership roles for a variety of reasons, but the opportunity to manage conflicts is rarely at the top of anyone's list. It's a skill that many have a hard time mastering -- and let's face it, avoiding conflict tends to be the first inclination for most of us.

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What It's Like to be the Architect of the Capitol

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 4:55 PM

As architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers oversees 2,300 employees responsible for the maintenance and operation of the historic U.S. Capitol Building, the House and Senate office buildings, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.

In this interview, Ayers discussed the importance of having "crucial conversations" with his leadership...

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How Federal Leaders Should Thank Their Employees

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated from May 3 through 9, is a time to honor our public servants and reflect on the benefits they provide to the American people.

Government employees are often taken for granted, that is until there is a crisis and the public expects that...

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Talking Leadership With Commerce CFO Ellen Herbst

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 2:32 PM

Ellen Herbst, who joined the government in 2005 after two decades in various private-sector leadership positions, is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary of administration at the Department of Commerce. She oversees matters dealing with the budget, financial management, strategic planning and performance management.

In an interview...

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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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