If We Can Put a Man on the Moon Getting Big Things Done in Government

ISBN-10: 1422166368

ISBN-13: 9781422166369

Edition: 2009

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At a time when the United States is facing unprecedented challenges, this book offers guidance to making government work better. A 'must-read' for every public official, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of democracy.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

John O'Leary is the editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and author and editor of The Times Good University Guide.

Preface: The Conflict Behind the Clich�
Introduction
The Seven Deadly Traps on the Journey to Success: A Fresh Look at How Big Things Get Done in a Democracy
The Tolstoy Trap
You'll See It When You Believe It: How to Find, Test, and Nurture Good Ideas
The Design-Free Design Trap
Blueprint Bootcamp: How the Design Phase Can Wreak Havoc During Implementation
The Stargate Trap
The Space Between Possibility and Reality: The Distortion Effect at the Moment of Democratic Commitment
The Overconfidence Trap
Fear, Risk, and the Best-Laid Plans: How Embracing the Risk of Failure Maximizes the Likelihood of Success
The Sisyphus Trap
The Rock, the Hill, and You: How the Interplay Between Systems and People Generates Results
The Complacency Trap
Changing Times: How the Way Things Are Keeps Us from Seeing What Could Be
The Silo Trap
The Walls Between Us: Working Better Together by Seeing the Big Picture
Creating a Better Future
The Execution Mindset: A Politician and a Bureaucrat Show Us How We Can Rekindle the Spirit of Democracy
Case Studies Analyzed
National Academy of Public Administration Survey Results
Senior Executive Service Survey Results
Policy Execution Survey Results, Canada
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
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