Tom Fox talks budget constraints by GovLoop Insights
Five Things Federal Leaders Can Do During Times of Budget Uncertainty1. Take Stephen Covey's advice and focus not on the myriad events affecting your agency, but on those things over which you have some control - your circle of influence. This will keep you from getting bogged down by everything that is happening, and help focus your efforts on the things you may actually be able to change. 2. As Peter Sims says, figure out your little piece of the problem. Use that knowledge to take small steps now that will have a broader impact later. 3. Ask for help. No one person has all of the answers, so it's important to rely on others on your team. Have team brainstorming sessions and issue challenges to folks in order to solicit ideas. 4. Approach new ideas with optimism - don't just say no. As a leader you can't say yes to all ideas, but you can pick the best, most effective ones to try out. 5. Get started with something, and see where it goes. Build a prototype, collect feedback, and incorporate new ideas into the process/product. Taking these five actions will help you hone your focus, build support, and move your agency forward in times of budget uncertainty. Check out Tom Fox's blog post to learn more.