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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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Six American flags stand on the moon -- irrefutable proof of government's ability to overcome difficult challenges. Yet evidence of failure surrounds us, from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to the 2008-09 economic meltdown to the chronic dysfunction of our urban schools. William D. Eggers and John O'Leary argue that playing the blame game is an exercise in futility. Instead, they go beyond partisan squabbles  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William D Eggers; John O'Leary
ISBN: 9781422166369 1422166368
OCLC Number: 354900847
Description: xii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 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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