More Advice to New Appointees


Here’s some sage advice from a “pair who’ve been there.”  Tom Korologos was a former presidential advisor in Republican administrations; Ed DeSeve was Clinton’s deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.


In a piece for the Washington Post, “Obama Nominees, Take Note,” Korologos offers advice on how to successfully navigate a Senate confirmation hearing.  For example, he notes:  Hearings can be judged by the 80-20 rule. If the senators are speaking 80 percent of the time, you’re doing fine. If it’s 60-40, you are arguing with them. If it’s 50-50, you’ve blown it.”

DeSeve has a new book out, “The Presidential Appointee’s Handbook,” published by the Brookings Institution.  In a column on it for Government Executive magazine, he highlights the six competencies  he sees as especially important for top-level appointees.  These include: leading for results; managing change, speaking the same language (as your employees); leading others, leading yourself, and thinking globally.

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