Choosing a President

Criteria for Selecting Leaders During a Crisis

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The October Surprise We Need

This is Civic Way’s second commentary on the upcoming election. Read the first part here. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and a management consultant with over 45 years of experience improving governmental agencies across the U.S.

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Moving Beyond Slogans and Rhetoric

A Civil Framework for Reforming Law Enforcement The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and a management consultant with over 45 years of experience improving governmental agencies across the U.S.

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Our View of Public Leadership

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin Introduction Some view the American Presidency as the most powerful office in the free world. Serving 350 million people and managing over 2 million employees, the federal executive branch may be the world’s most influential, complicated and unwieldy public institution. But, we…

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Good Governance Requires More Than Campaign Promises

A political campaign may be about hope, but governance is about translating hope into action, a far tougher task. While every public administration is shaped by events, its fate is often determined early. With the right plan, resources, organization and approach, it can face challenges, overcome setbacks and keep the public’s trust.

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Governance Views

Title Description If it is true that no crisis should be wasted, it is equally true that no administration evades a crisis. Every public executive—governor, mayor or county executive—at some point in his or her term faces a crisis, be it an economic collapse, operating deficit, administrative scandal or angry electorate. Every small issue—economic, budgetary,…

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