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If we can put a man on the moon-- : getting big things done in government

Author: William D Eggers; John O'Leary
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Press, ©2009.
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At a time of unprecedented challenges, this book, with its abundant examples and hands-on advice, is the essential guide to making our 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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William D Eggers; John O'Leary
ISBN: 9781422166369 1422166368
OCLC Number: 354900847
Description: xii, 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: William D. Eggers, John O'Leary.

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The American people are frustrated with their government. Yet the US has a proud history of great achievements: victory in World War II, the national highway system, welfare reform, the moon landing.  Read more...

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"Eggers and O'Leary may have created a new genre--the Government Policy Thriller. We couldn't get enough of the stories--good policies gone bad, great ideas that flew off the rails, and, Read more...

 
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