Seven Leadership Practices for Meeting Mission-critical Challenges Despite Declining Budgets - Slide 5

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Make hard choices and avoid across-the-board cuts that minimize short-term pain but do not improve effectiveness or achieve sustainable savings. “Smart cuts” will position the agency to complete its mission in the future. They also help prevent a devastating cycle of small cuts that weakens the entire enterprise.

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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