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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

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:08 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 | 12:02 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 | 10:23 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 | 10:20 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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Trying to improve morale in government

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Reginald Wells is the deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Human Resources and also serves as the agency's chief human capital officer. Since 2007, SSA has been ranked in the top 10 large agencies in the Best Places to Work in the...

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Small Management Tweaks With a Big Payoff

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:47 AM

Federal leaders can have a major influence on employee satisfaction, but it can sometimes be hard for them to figure out where to start. They know it's critical to boost worker morale, successfully fulfill agency missions and develop high levels of employee productivity. What they don't always realize is that...

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Leadership Lessons From Science

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:41 PM

France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is responsible for advancing scientific discovery and technological innovation. She previously served as chair of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents, president of Purdue University, chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, and as chief scientist...

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Being Seen and Heard at Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Nick Morgan is a communication coach and the author, most recently, of "Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact." Morgan spoke about how federal leaders can improve their communication skills with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On...

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Creating a Culture of Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:33 PM

No one in a leadership position wants to hear bad news, that programs or polices are not working as expected, or that irregularities and deceptive practices are undermining an organization's mission, reputation and bottom line. But smart leaders know they need to hear this.

Two recent events in the corporate...

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Managing the State Department

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Heather Higginbottom is deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department. She previously served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and as deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Higginbottom spoke about the challenges of managing the State Department with...

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The litany of woes for government HR

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The federal HR community faces a litany of woes: limits placed on new hiring, inflexible hiring procedures that often discourage or rule out high-quality applicants, continuing budget constraints and declining employee morale.

These difficulties are further complicated by the negative public atmosphere and internal unease created by high-profile examples of...

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Rep. Jim Moran on Leadership and Scapegoats

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has served in Congress for almost 24 years and is well-known for his efforts on behalf of federal employees and military retirees. Moran, who has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of this term, spoke about the government workforce with Tom...

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Overseeing America's Community Service

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and other programs that engage more than 5 million Americans in service and volunteering. Spencer, who has held positions in the public, private and...

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Let's Accept That Government Has Changed

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:22 AM

After speaking with leaders across the federal government in recent weeks, I've come to an unlikely conclusion: Leaders are adjusting to the new budget reality and making progress.

Following several years of lying low and being sidetracked by budget cuts, furloughs and the government shutdown, many federal leaders appear to...

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What Astronauts Know About Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Ellen Ochoa is a former astronaut and the first Hispanic woman to go into space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She is now the director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, which was recently recognized as one of the most

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OPM Director Katherine Archuleta on Strengthening the Federal Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Katherine Archuleta is the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government's human resources agency. Archuleta has had a long career in government, holding key staff positions in the Departments of Transportation and Energy during the Clinton administration and in the Department of Labor...

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Go On, Thank a Federal Worker

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:20 AM

This year's theme for Public Service Recognition Week is "Proud to Serve," a fitting reminder that federal employees are highly motivated and dedicated to serving the America people and the interests of the nation. A number of federal leaders have been making a special effort this week (May...

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Listen to Your Creative Federal Employees

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 10:08 AM

With budgets on the decline but expectations of government remaining appropriately high, every federal leader and front-line employee needs to find new ways of delivering value.

This is possible with strong leadership, creative employees and a fully integrated team ready to roll up their sleeves and embrace new ways of...

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How to Be Positive and Realistic, at the Same Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Kathy Cramer is a psychologist and leadership consultant who specializes in helping leaders and their teams make small shifts in thinking to produce large impacts. She is also the author of the new book "Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say & Do." Cramer spoke...

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What to Do When Managers and Employees Aren't on the Same _age

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Employees and managers frequently hold different views on the workplace, and that is to be expected. But it can be spell trouble if the gap between employees and their managers is wide on issues that are central to job satisfaction and performance, including merit-based promotions, training and development, and work...

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