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.