Seven Leadership Practices for Meeting Mission-critical Challenges Despite Declining Budgets - Slide 2

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Understanding your agency’s changing mission and responsibilities as well its strengths and weaknesses can help you can set a clearer vision for change. For example, after 9/11, many agencies took on new roles. And while the overall mission of some agencies may not have changed, many have been given additional responsibilities, such as for cybersecurity, disaster recovery or regulating economic activity. Agency priorities should match the mission.

By researching the lessons learned from past government downsizing and through a series of recent workshops with current and former government executives, Booz Allen Hamilton identified seven common practices that the most successful public-sector leaders are using to improve effectiveness and efficiency despite major budget cuts.

“Today’s budget realities provide a catalyst and opportunity to drive innovation and improve overall agency effectiveness,” said Booz Allen Executive Vice President Pat Peck. “These shared managerial practices can help agency leaders meet today’s challenges head-on to achieve results and create a more efficient, effective government for the 21st Century.”

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