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A Practical Guide to Government Management


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Introduction Part I: You: Managing Yourself 1 Self-Management Introduction Your Time Keeping Lists Meetings Using Your Immediate Staff Miscellaneous Notes 2 Leadership Introduction Setting the Tone Your Leadership Style Coaching Your Team Dealing With Adversity Notes 3 Ethics Notes Part II: Your Organization: Managing Internally 4 People Introduction Whom to Hire How to Manage Your Employees Your Leadership Team Problem Employees Making Your Organization's Culture Managerial Managing Change in a Bureaucracy Notes 5 Prioritization Notes 6 Money Introduction The Budget Game Cutback Management Notes 7 Making Decisions and Solving Problems Introduction Making Decisions Solving Problems Negotiations Crisis Management Notes 8 Gaining Control of Your Organization Introduction Control-What it is and Who Needs to Know Assessing Your Organization Gaining Control of Your Personnel Gaining Control of Your Agenda Notes Part III: Your Environment: Managing Externally 9 Working for Elected Officials Introduction Taking and Leaving the Position Understanding the Boss Elected Officials and Management Helping Them Do Their Jobs The Executive Office Staff Telling Them No Notes 10 The Legislative Branch of Government Introduction Legislative Culture Legislative Relations What Legislators Want From You Legislative Hearings Legislative Strategy Notes 11 The Media Introduction A Different Value System Understanding the Media Media Strategy Notes 12 . . . And More Interest Groups Agencies That Should Always Help You-And Sometimes Do Privatization, Vendors, and Contracts 2 Lawsuits A Few Last Random Thoughts Notes Acknowledgments Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations References Managing Government Agencies Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Biographies and Autobiographies of Managers and Leaders American Government Index

About the Author

Vince Meconi's 35+ year government career has included all 3 branches of government and federal, state, and local service. His 16-year tenure as a cabinet secretary is one of the longest in Delaware history. He is a former President of the National Assoc. of State Chief Administrators.


One of the interesting things about government is that the elected face of an organization is rarely the person responsible for the day-to-day operations. Government employees in nonelected positions are often appointed or move into the job from an unrelated field of study-often without any management background. This volume aims to offer advice and training for those holding (or who are interested in) positions in the public sector. Meconi, who has held top-level positions in Delaware government since 1993, brings the requisite knowledge and experience to this book. The volume contains three sections: 'You: Managing Yourself,' 'Your Organization: Managing Internally,' and 'Your Environment: Managing Externally.' Each section is further divided into chapters (such as 'Self-Management,' 'Making Decisions and Solving Problems,' and 'The Media'). The information covered includes a broad discussion of budgeting, a look at various personnel issues, advice on assembling a leadership team, and tips on working for elected officials. This resource is recommended for academic and public libraries, where it will be a welcome reference for citizens interested in running for public office as well as those already in such roles. * Booklist *
The cumulative result is a roadmap which can provide governmental employees and policy-makers with a framework for dealing with the challenges, opportunities, and crises they may face during their governmental service. It will be useful for any prospective governmental employee regardless of their partisan background and what branch of government they will be working in. Recommended for libraries desirous of building and maintaining strong public administration collections. * American Reference Books Annual *
A Practical Guide To Government Management...[is] a thoroughly comprehensive, superbly organized, and effectively presented instruction guide and manual that will prove to be an invaluable reference for anyone charged with a managerial responsibility for any level of governmental service. Impressively 'user friendly', A Practical Guide To Government Management should be a part of every community, academic, and governmental library Political Science reference collection. * Midwest Book Review *

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