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Tom Fox
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

Great Leadership Books for Your Holiday Shopping List

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 2:18 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 | 2:53 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 | 2:44 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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Shaping the Environment Inside the EPA

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:31 AM

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy is pursuing a number of hot-button initiatives regarding climate change, clean water and other anti-pollution measures. In this interview, McCarthy, a former assistant EPA administrator and head of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, discusses her leadership philosophy...

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Problems and Fixes for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:25 AM

The government deeply needs to attract a new generation to federal service as well as groom future leaders, which happens to be the dual purpose of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. But this prestigious program, which annually provides two-year paid fellowships at federal agencies to several hundred...

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What the Secret Service Needs to Do Now

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:50 PM

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

With federal agencies having recently received their 2014 employee survey data, it's important for leaders to take an in-depth look at the trends, and develop plans to...

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The Deep-rooted Problems With Government

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:42 PM

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 Better. In this interview, Schuck discusses some of the flaws of the federal system and offers...

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Bleeding the Federal Workforce

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:05 PM

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, has been a longtime advocate for federal workers. And in this interview, Wolf speaks about problems confronting the federal civil...

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Leadership lessons from baseball

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 2:54 PM

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 co-author of "Lead Me Out to the Ballgame: Stories and Strategies to Develop Major League Leadership" and an executive...

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Celebrating What Government Gets Right

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:31 PM

The federal government is responsible for numerous important accomplishments due to the talented and dedicated people who have chosen to serve, but too few Americans outside or even inside government know about many of these achievements.

As federal leaders, you should be advocates for government's successes and the people under...

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How NASA Keeps Innovating

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:08 PM

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 trained leaders from Fortune 100 companies. Pyle spoke about NASA and fostering innovation with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On...

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Treating Citizens Like Customers

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:59 PM

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

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which measures customer satisfaction across sectors and industries, the federal government ranks lower than nearly every private-sector industry measured,...

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Building an emergency health response

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 11:16 PM

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federal efforts in preventing and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.

She spoke about her experiences and management philosophy...

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How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 11:02 PM

The federal workforce is shrinking, as more and more employees leave government and the rate of hiring declines. Unfortunately, this also comes at a time when the demands upon government are growing.

While this trend is hardly surprising given the current budgetary and political climate, it is incumbent on federal...

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 9:12 AM

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 job title. Evans spoke about his leadership theories with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice...

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Treated Poorly in the Workplace?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Christine Porath is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she focuses on the effects of bad behavior within organizations and how leaders can create a more positive work environment.

Porath spoke about her research with Tom Fox, a guest writer for...

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Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Thomas E. Perez is the 26th secretary of the Labor Department. Previously, he served for nearly four years as the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, leading the same division where he worked for a decade as a career federal employee. Perez...

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Tips for Communicating Better With Your Employees

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Are you satisfied with the level of communication from your agency leaders?

My organization, the Partnership for Public Service, and Deloitte, recently analyzed the government-wide responses to three employee survey questions to see how federal leaders were doing regarding their communication with workers. The results were not very encouraging.


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Leading the Peace Corps

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:23 AM

Carrie Hessler-Radelet was recently confirmed as director of the Peace Corps, after serving as the agency's acting director and deputy director. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1980s, and worked for many years on global health initiatives. Hessler-Radelet spoke about leading today's Peace Corps with...

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Leadership Books for the Beach

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:20 AM

With summer vacation season in full swing, many of you are probably on the lookout for good beach reads. While you may be tempted to search out fiction and seek total escape, there are a number of engaging books that can help you become a better leader.

These books offer...

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