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Michael J Keegan

Leadership Fellow and Host, The Business of Government Hour at IBM Center for The Business of Government

Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States

Leadership Fellow at The IBM Center for The Business of Government & Host, Business of Government Hour

Available For: Speaking
Travels From: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Michael J Keegan Points
Academic 0
Author 840
Influencer 12
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 852

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Company Information

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Number of Employees: 1-10
Company Founded Date: 1998
Media Experience: 15 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.05
Analytics 30.21
Big Data 30.22
Blockchain 30.08
Change Management
COVID19 30.27
Cryptocurrency 30.13
Culture
Cybersecurity
Design Thinking 30.20
Digital Transformation 30.04
Digital Twins 32.61
Emerging Technology
FinTech 30.06
Future of Work 30.02
GovTech 100
Health and Safety 30.80
HealthTech
Innovation 33.89
Leadership 31.28
Management 30.72
Procurement 30.16
Risk Management 30.47
Supply Chain 30.03
Security 31.17
National Security 33.83
International Relations 30.78
IT Operations 33.50
IT Strategy 33.85
IT Leadership 35.71
Coaching 30.22
Creativity 31.14

Industry Experience

Federal & Public Sector
Healthcare
Insurance
Media

Publications

121 Article/Blogs
Driving Digital Transformation: A Perspective from Erwin Rademaker, Program Manager, Port of Rotterdam Authority
LinkedIn
May 17, 2021
The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe. From all indications, the port is preparing for the future today, focusing on safety, efficiency, and sustainability. To do this successfully, the port is developing its digital twin, providing real-time situ­ational awareness of all things static, moving, human-driven, or autono­mous, pulling together all the geographic, sensor, and real-time information to provide port personnel a complete and current view of port activities.

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Tags: GovTech, Leadership, Digital Twins

Pursuing Supply Chain Immunity
IBM
April 29, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, and the consequences of this global event will have long-lasting effects. Along with the continued carnage left in its wake, this pandemic most assuredly revealed significant vulnerabilities, exposing points of serious weakness in global, regional, and local supply chains and networks impacting all sectors of the economy, including the government. Why is the global supply chain so vulnerable? What is supply chain immunity? How can we achieve national supply chain immunity?

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Tags: Supply Chain, GovTech, Risk Management

The Future of Work in Local Governments Post Pandemic
IBM
April 13, 2021
In Fall-Winter 2020, the IBM Center for The Business of Government initiated a Challenge Grant Competition soliciting essays from academics and practitioners describing how government can best transform the way it works, operates, and delivers services to the public given the impact of this pandemic.

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Tags: GovTech, Future of Work, COVID19

Jan Edmunds, Chairwoman of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation
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March 11, 2019
Jan Edmunds, Chairwoman of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation

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Tags: GovTech

Terry Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
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March 04, 2019
Terry Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

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Tags: GovTech

Avi Bender, Director, National Technical Information Service
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February 25, 2019
How is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) helping to advance federal data priorities? How does it work with the private sector to develop new and improved data products and services? What does NTIS do to deliver value to federal agencies? Join host Mich

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Tags: Analytics, GovTech

Jane Wiseman, Data-Driven Government: The Role of Chief Data Officers
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February 18, 2019
How can we realize the promise of data-driven government? What do Chief Data Officers (CDOs) actually do? How can they help government agencies use data to inform decision making? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Jane Wiseman, author of the IBM Center report, Dat

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Tags: Big Data, Innovation, FinTech

Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget
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February 11, 2019
What are the US federal governments IT modernization priorities? How can the US federal IT community work together to drive good government through technology? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Suzette Kent, Federal CIO within the Office of Management and Budge

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Tags: Big Data, GovTech, Management

Conversations with Peter K. Levine, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Defense Analyses on Auditing, Department of Defense
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February 04, 2019
Why does U.S. Department of Defense lack of an auditable financial statement? What has DoD done to get to auditability? What challenges are faced in getting audited financial statement and how can DoD do better? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Peter K. Levine of

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Cheryl Mason, Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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January 14, 2019
How is the Veterans’ Appeals process changing? What are the key priorities for the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals? How is the implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 going? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Cheryl Mason,

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Josh Mandel, Treasurer, State of Ohio
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January 07, 2019
Join host Michael Keegan as he welcomes outgoing two-term Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel to reflect on his public service career and his pursuit of innovative initiatives around financial transparency, leveraging technological advances such as cryptocurrency and blockchain, and enhancing how his office

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Leaders Speak on Collaborative Governance
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December 31, 2018
Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour Leaders Speak on Collaborative Governance. Traditional hierarchical models of governing are increasingly being supplemented with a collaborative network model. Join host Michael Keegan as he explores the use of collaboration in government with a hos

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Tags: GovTech, Management

Jacqueline Carter, Partner and Director North America, Potential Project
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December 24, 2018
What are key leadership qualities for a digital age? How can you become a Mindful Leader? What tools and practices can be employed to better lead yourselves, your teams, and your organizations. Join us as we explore these questions and more with Jacqueline Carter, co-author of The Mind of the Leader

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Tags: Management, Leadership

What will Government Look Like in 2040?
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December 17, 2018
What will government be in 2040? How will it operate? The IBM Center for The Business of Government convened a panel discussion envisioning government operations 20 years into the future. Join host Michael Keegan for a Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour as he explores the vision of g

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Tags: Procurement, Management

Insights from the Deputy Directors for Management at the Office of Management and Budget
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December 10, 2018
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the IBM Center for The Business of Government convened a panel discussion with the current and 3 past deputy directors for management at the Office of Management and Budget. Join host Michael Keegan as they reflect on the most significant government management

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Chris Browne, Deputy Director, The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
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December 03, 2018
How is the The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum being Transformed? What is being done to enhance the visitor’s museum experience? What’s next for the National Air and Space Museum. Join host Michael Keegan next week as he explores these questions and more with Chris Browne,

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Her Excellency Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General, Abu Dhabi’s Smart Solutions and Services Authority
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November 26, 2018
What is Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation strategy? How is Abu Dhabi’s Smart Solutions and Services Authority changing how citizens engage with government? Join host Michael Keegan on a special edition of The Business of Government Hour – Global Thought Leadership series with Her Excellen

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Tags: GovTech

Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
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November 19, 2018
How is Maryland attracting and retaining businesses in all regions of the state? What industries are growing in Maryland? How does the Maryland Department of Commerce promote the state and enhance its economic prosperity? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Mike Gil

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Peter K. Levine, Institute for Defense Analyses
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November 05, 2018
Why does U.S. Department of Defense lack of an auditable financial statement? What has DoD done to get to auditability? What challenges are faced in getting audited financial statement and how can DoD do better? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Peter K. Levine of

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Tags: GovTech

Kevin Desouza, author of the IBM Center report, Delivering Artificial Intelligence in Government: Challenges and Opportunities
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October 29, 2018
What are artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing? How is the public sector using AI? What are some of the key challenges and opportunities in the public sector’s use of AI? Join host Michael Keegan for a Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour – Conversations with Aut

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Tags: AI, GovTech

IBM Center report focuses on the expanding use of design thinking in government
LinkedIn
October 24, 2018
Every day, U.S. government entities interact with millions of citizens to execute their core missions. Serving the citizenry has always has been a foundation of our government and today, rapidly advancing technological innovations are fundamentally changing citizen expectations. The last best experience that anyone has becomes the minimum expectation for the next experience. With these changing dynamics as a backdrop, organizations must begin to re-imagine how they innovate, operate, and engage with clients, employees, and stakeholders. Design thinking -- described as a human-centered approach to innovation that puts the observation and discovery of often highly-nuanced, even tacit, human needs right at the forefront of the innovation process -- is currently enjoying unprecedented attention from organizations in search of avenues for innovation, both in the public and private sector.

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Tags: Design Thinking, GovTech

Emily Murphy, Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
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October 22, 2018
What are U.S. General Services Administration’s key strategic priorities? How is GSA making government more effective and efficient? What is GSA doing to promote smarter management, buying, and use of technology across the federal government? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these quest

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Avi Bender, Director, National Technical Information Service
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October 15, 2018
How is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) helping to advance federal data priorities? How does it work with the private sector to develop new and improved data products and services? What does NTIS do to deliver value to federal agencies? Join host Mich

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, GovTech

Alan Thomas, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). the General Services Administration (GSA)
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October 08, 2018
What is FAS doing to make its operations: Easy, Efficient, and Modern? How is FAS delivering best value mission support to customer agencies? What is FAS doing to promote smarter buying and the efficient use of technology across the federal government? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these q

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Leaders Speak on Collaborative Governance
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October 01, 2018
Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour Leaders Speak on Collaborative Governance. Traditional hierarchical models of governing are increasingly being supplemented with a collaborative network model. Join host Michael Keegan as he explores the use of collaboration in government with a hos

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Tags: GovTech, Management

1 Book
Transforming the Business of Government: Insights on Resiliency, Innovation, and Performance
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
December 08, 2023
Governments face increasingly serious, seemingly intractable management challenges. This book brings together scholars, thought leaders, and government executives to address the future of government operations, and provide government leaders with practical, actionable insights on how best to manage and lead through uncertain and disruptive times

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Tags: GovTech, Innovation, Leadership

218 Podcasts
Transforming the Taxpayer Experience: A Conversation with Karen Howard, Executive Director, Office of Online Services, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
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January 22, 2024
What is the mission of the Office of Online Services at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? What is the IRS doing to advance its digital services and enhance customer experience? How is the IRS leveraging AI and other emerging technologies to meet mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores the

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Tags: GovTech

Finding Value in the Unexpected: A Conversation with Margaret Heffernan
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January 15, 2024
Why are most humans uncomfortable with uncertainty and prediction addition? Does technological progress make predicting the future easier? If we can’t predict the future, how can we prepare for it? Why are the human gifts of curiosity and creativity more powerful tools to preparing for the future

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Tags: GovTech

Leveraging Technology to Transform GEOINT: A Conversation with Chris Johnson, Acting Chief Technology Officer, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
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January 08, 2024
What is the mission of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s CIO-T directorate? How is NGA maximizing the use of technology to meet its mission? What are the technology priorities for NGA? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Chris Johnson, Acting Chief Tec

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Tags: GovTech

Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour – Insights on Leadership, Mindset, and Thriving on Disruption
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January 01, 2024
How can the U.S. federal government rebuild its digital capabilities and truly transform how government does business? What is the difference between learning while doing and learning by doing? How can government agencies become more adaptive and thrive on disruption. Join host Michael Keegan as he

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Tags: GovTech

Leadership in Action: On Mission and Execution – Special Edition
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December 25, 2023
How are supplies and innovation delivered effectively to the warfighters? What are the best ways to deliver products and services to federal agencies? How are federal agency’s Putting People First? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with a host of government leaders i

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Ensuring a World-Class IT Experience for DoD Leadership: A Conversation with Danielle Metz, Director, Information Management & Technology Director and CIO, Office of the Secretary of Defense
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December 18, 2023
How does technology form the connective tissue that ties the missions of the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) together? How is the IM&T directorate maximizing the use of technology to support OSD? What does the future hold for OSD’s IT Enterprise? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores th

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Transforming the Business of Government: Insights on Resiliency, Innovation, and Performance
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December 11, 2023
How can we find value in the unexpected? What can we do to be more resilient? How can we leverage innovation to improve government performance? Join Michael Keegan on a Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour as he explores these questions and more celebrating the 25th anniversary of the

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Tags: GovTech, Innovation

Leading IT at the Securities and Exchange Commission: A Conversation with David Bottom, Chief Information Officer
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December 04, 2023
What is the Securities and Exchange Commission’s IT strategy? How is the SEC modernizing its technology infrastructure? What is it doing to expand its data analytics capabilities to better meet its mission? Join Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with David Bottom, Chief Inform

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Strengthen Payment Integrity: A Conversation with Renata Miskell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency, at the U.S. Department of the Treasury
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November 27, 2023
How can U.S. federal government agencies strengthen their payment integrity efforts? What can the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency do to help with these efforts? How can we pivot from compliance to prevention-focused strategies that promote t

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Beyond Resiliency: A Case for Adaptability
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November 20, 2023
What is adaptive government? How can it help government agencies bounce back from continuous disruption? How can government executives embed adaptability into their agency’s operations? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Nick Evans author of the IBM Center report

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Advancing Health IT Interoperability: A Conversation with Dr. Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health IT
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November 13, 2023
What are the key priorities for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT? How is it transforming the adoption and use of health IT? How is the U.S. healthcare system progressing toward value-based care to improve quality and patient outcomes? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these que

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Tags: GovTech

Leading FEMA’s Mission Support Operations: A Conversation with Eric Leckey, Associate Administrator for Mission Support – FEMA
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November 06, 2023
What role does FEMA’s mission support office play in the agency? How does it help the agency improve its performance? How does FEMA plan for the next disaster? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Eric Leckey, Associate Administrator for Mission Support at FEMA. Li

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Becoming a Growth Leader: A Conversation with Scott Edinger, author, The Growth Leader
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October 30, 2023
How can government leaders enhance the customer experience in the agencies they lead? What insights can government leaders learn from the private sector on how to improve CX (customer experience)? What is the difference between managing tasks versus leading for results? Join host Michael Keegan as h

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Exploring the AUKUS Partnership: A Special Edition of The Business of Government
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October 23, 2023
What is the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AU-KUS) Partnership? How can AUKUS stakeholders leverage technology and innovation to enhance security across the Indo-Pacific region? How can this partnership most effectively engage and partner with industry? Join host Michael Keegan as he explor

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Managing Risk in Government Special Edition
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October 16, 2023
What is Enterprise Risk Management? What are some of the key risks facing government today? How has the managing and responding to risk evolved in U.S. federal agencies? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more on a Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour – Leade

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Building a Human-Centered Team: A Conversation with Glenn Akramoff
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October 09, 2023
What is a Human-Centered Team? What are the Keys to Building a Human-Centered Team? How can we make local government operations human-centered? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Glenn Akramoff, author of The Human-Centered Team. Listen to the podcast.

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Securing Control Systems and Operational Technology: A Conversation with Daryl Haegley, Technical Director, Control Systems Cyber Resiliency, U.S. Department of the Air Force.
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October 02, 2023
What is operational technology and how does it differ from information technology? How is the U.S. Air Force pursuing a control systems cyber resiliency program? What can be done to elevate the importance of OT cybersecurity and encourage it to become more effectively resourced? Join host Michael Ke

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Going Beyond the Performance Paradox: A Conversation with Eduardo Briceño, The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action
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September 25, 2023
What is the performance paradox? What is the difference between learning while doing and learning by doing? How can overcoming the performance paradox make government executives more effective? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Eduardo Briceno, author of the new b

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Improving Agency Effectiveness and Efficiency: A Conversation with Richard Spires
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September 18, 2023
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Leveraging Technology to Meet Mission: A Conversation with Dr. Kelly Fletcher, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of State
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September 11, 2023
What is the IT strategy for the U.S. Department of State? How is the Department of State modernizing its IT systems and infrastructure? What are the benefits and risks of generative AI in support of US diplomacy? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Kelly Fletche

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Pursuing Agile Government: A Conversation with Ed DeSeve, Coordinator, Agile Government Center, National Academy of Public Administration
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September 04, 2023
What is agile government? How can employing agile principles improve how government does business? What are the key tools and enablers to realizing the promise of agile government in action? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ed DeSeve, Coordinator of the Agile Gov

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Leaders Speak on Federal IT: A Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour
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August 28, 2023
What emerging technology is transforming how government agencies operate? How are federal agencies pursuing IT modernization? What are some of key challenges facing the chief information officers of federal agencies? Join host Michael Keegan for a Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour

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Focusing on User Experience Design and Development: A Conversation with Colt Whittall, Chief Experience Officer, U.S. Department of the Air Force.
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August 21, 2023
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Technology Modernization Fund is Making a Difference: A Conversation with Raylene Yung, Executive Director, TMF Program Management Office, U.S. General Services Administration
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August 14, 2023
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Advancing Health IT, Data, Technology, and Interoperability: A Conversation with Dr. Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health IT
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July 31, 2023
What are the key priorities for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT? How is it transforming the adoption and use of health IT? How is the U.S. healthcare system progressing toward value-based care to improve quality and patient outcomes? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these que

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1 Video
Transforming the Business of Government: Insights on Resiliency, Innovation, & Performance NEW BOOK
IBM Center for the Business of Government
December 07, 2023
"If the 21st century has provided any lessons so far, it is the power of the unexpected. What has been starkly revealed is how systems in place to meet anticipated problems failed when the unanticipated happened. Given this new reality, now more than ever government leaders need practical, actionable insights on how best to manage and lead through uncertain and disruptive periods.That’s why the IBM Center has published, Transforming the Business of Government: Insights on Resiliency, Innovation, and Performance."

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Aaron Wildavsky On Writing and Craftsmanship
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March 22, 2024

This week the IBM Center for The Business of Government posted a blog by Katherine Barrett, Richard Greene, and Don Kettl announcing the release of their monograph, The Little Guide to Writing for Impact: How to Communicate Research in a Way that People Will Read.

The subtitle is key. The authors acknowledge the importance that government officials write well with the intent to produce government communication that the public can understand and use. However, they are even more worried about a connected issue: “too many people with great academic training are writing about powerful ideas, backed by years of research, that are obscure at best and incomprehensible at worst.” The book is aimed at those people with big ideas who want people to read them.

As I read this blog, it reminded me of Aaron Wildavsky’s excellent book of essays, Craftways: On the Organization of Scholarly Work.Wildavsky, a premier figure in the field of public administration, was a true intellectual craftsman: a superb prose stylist as well as an acute mind. He truly believed that quality writing is ineluctably linked to quality of thought. This compilation of essays is his meditation on craftsmanship offering insight less on the mechanics of writing and more on the craft of communicating.  His focus on craftsmanship continues to make his work on such diverse topics as political culture, policy analysis, implementation, budgeting, and public administration approachable, engaging, and revelatory. I’d like to share some of his thoughts on the craft of writing and how he approached it throughout his career. It is intended as a nice and worthwhile complement to the guidance offered today by Barrett, Green, and Kettl.

“In the Same Place, at the Same Time, and in the Same Way”

This is the essay that started all. It began Wildavsky’s effort to state the rules of writing he followed so that others might adapt them for their own use. “Were it not for the warm reception accorded this [essay], I might not have continued developing this genre,” he admits. He believed that the basic elements of craftsmanship in social science were not being taught nor observed close to give students a sufficiently precise idea of how to do their scholarly work. Here are some insights in his own words.

Bridging that Chasm Between the Thought and the Deed. Even if the thought is in you, there is no guarantee it will come out. That gulf can only be bridged by taking seriously the task of organizing work.

Developing Appropriate Habits. In addition to having things to say, the ability to write depends on developing appropriate habits, finding the right kind of place, obtaining useful criticism, learning how to arrange material, working out suitable physical style, combining teaching with research, and overcoming temptations to divert energies.

Importance of Habit and Rhythm. One cannot overestimate the importance of habit and rhythm: Try to work in the same place, at the same time, and in the same way.  Once the rhythm of work begins to take hold, it carries one through fallow periods. It keeps you going through the inevitable descriptive passages that contain nothing new but are essential for the story you are telling or the point you wish to make.

‘I write when sit and think when I walk.’ [Wildavsky liked to write for an hour or two then walk and think over the next steps.] There is something about releasing the physical energy kept under control while writing that makes it easier to begin again.  It is a mistake to push oneself when the flesh is weak and the spirit unwilling. Writing is not only a mental but a physical process in which a sense of though connects thought with word.

Writing is a Process of Self-Discovery. That sometimes leads you to say more than you knew was in you or carries you far from original intentions. That is why I have learned not to worry about introductions to books or essays. There is no sense in trying too hard to get them “right” because you do not know what that will be until you finish. The purpose of a beginning is to get you started; when the work is completed, you can go back to the beginning and tell the reader not what you thought you were going to say but what you ended up saying.

“Rationality in Writing: Linear and Curvilinear”

In this essay, Wildavsky introduces two distinctly different ways to approach writing. He describes how he used each of these approaches in writing two of his book. However, the ultimate point of the essay is to underscore the connection between thought and writing.

Writing as an Integral Part of Thinking. A writer by vocation is a person who cares about the quality and craft of writing as inseparable from the content of whatever they are trying to communicate. Indeed, for me writing has become an integral part of thinking. I don’t know what I think until I have tried to write it. Sometimes the purpose of writing is to discover whether I can express what I think I know; if it cannot be written, it is not right. Other times I write to find out what I know; writing becomes a form of self discovery. I hope to learn more than was in me when I started. Few feelings compare with the exhilaration of discovering a thought in the writing that was not in the thinking.

Writing Should Resonate with the Subject Matter. Making the form fit the substance so style reinforces content, is what craftmanship is about. However, the style should also fit the author, for style is a personal signature. It should be possible to recognize the author from the style. However, it is one thing to want to read a piece because of the author and quite another to learn more about the author than the subject.

Linear or Curvilinear – “Straight on” or “Roundabout”. Books and essays can be written linearly, straight-on according to plan, with one topic following another in orderly sequence. They may also be written in curvilinear fashion much like fitting together the parts of a puzzle except that all pieces are not available at the beginning but only as one goes along, and the final shape is made up by the pieces instead of being fit into a predetermined form. Though process may be roundabout, the story should be linear.  I have written both ways and each has its pleasures and pitfalls.  Linear is easier, but it must be done consecutively, the relationship among the parts being retained, so that time is a critical constraint. Curvilinear is more rewarding because of the surprise at creating something new.

This blog shares only a snapshot of some of the salient insights about the craftsmanship of writing and the organization of scholarly pursuits as documented by Aaron Wildavsky. Craftways: On the Organization of Scholarly Work has even more to offer its reader exploring such diverse but complementary topics as reading with a purpose, working with others, organizing your time wisely, and how best to do interviews. Throughout these essays, Wildavsky tries to transmute the personal into the general. From his own experience coupled with his observation of others, he offers advice on the craft aspects of scholarship and writing. He admits this advice may be inadequate or out of place, so when in doubt, he advises the reader to do it their own way. In the acknowledgment, he makes another worthwhile suggestion for those who are interested in exploring craftways to checkout C. Wright Mills’ exemplary “On Intellectual Craftsmanship.”

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