Insider's Guide about Surviving and Thriving in Senior U.S. Government Jobs, authored by a former government executive with 35 years’ experience in seven federal agencies, with IBM, and the University of Texas.
Former federal government senior executive Frank McDonough announces the pre-publication version of "Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government: Enjoying Success in High-Level This is a new resource for senior government managers, for those who want to become senior officials, and for those who want to know how the government works just below the rarified cocoon level where heads of agencies dwell.
Those seeking "insider" information about performing in senior level government positions, or those who are anxious to launch government careers can find needed insights in a in a well- documented resource.
Core to the book is the message that government jobs are different from private sector jobs in many ways and that those who want to move up into senior US government jobs and stay there require specialized information about how to survive and thrive in those jobs.
The book originally edited by Michael Hardy of Federal Computer Week, and later by Lauren Markoe, a reporter with a national News Service, is in a pre-publication phase with Koehler Publishing. It has as its focus Fernando, a fictitious character who introduces each of the 45 chapters with a comment and a question. The author answers the question, often with a supporting insights, references, and anecdotes."
The changing mix of 6,000 SES officials, the 4,000 political appointees that each new president brings to the government, or the 60,000 grade 15 officials who aspire to the Senior Executive level will find value in what Fernando learns on his journey from the time he accepts the job, performs in it, and eventually leaves the government with the author’s advice about prospering after government service.
In addition, the book will be of interest to students of public administration, and to those in the public, the media and in other governments who want insights on the inner workings of the government and the day-to-day, week-by-week events that shape senior level careers, especially as Presidents and their administrations come and go.
McDonough brings to this resource 35-plus years of experience as a federal government senior executive in four defense organizations and three civilian agencies, managing computer and systems operations, major acquisitions, leading government wide IT policy, and finally, working on government without boundaries issues crossing federal, state, and local government boundaries.
McDonough also served in a related capacity at IBM and as a consultant. Since 2010, he has taught graduate students for the University of Texas in Mexico City about Knowledge Society, Strategic Planning, and Electronic Government.
Tom Rolston, a peer and manager at IBM, and author of "50 Years before Crack," has stated "The public at large has no real insight into what goes on inside government agencies." McDonough wrote this book partly to fill that need; but also to help new, or would be appointees to high-level government jobs, to make their way in the complex, challenging, invigorating world inside the federal government.
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