“National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services.” Corazon Aquino Many people feel that changes are needed to make the federal government more efficient. However, this bureaucratic system is also driven by external forces. Executive leaders in the federal system are often political appointments. These federal officials primarily use a top-down approach for major decisions.Nadler and Tushman, authors of Competing by Design, explain that organizations that utilize a top-down approach focus on the strategic level (top leaders, reporting relationships, etc), but fail to capture a holistic process. This approach can stop creative and innovative thoughts.For example, federal insiders have already tried a common-sense approach to teleworking. According to a Cyber Security Industry Alliance study, there have been major initiatives calling for a national telework program such as presidential directives and legislative mandates. Several successful pilot programs, such as the IRS, have received praise from employees on their telework programs.In a 2004 report, the General Accounting Office cited the following obstacles for telework implementation: (a) lack of full… Read full this story
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