If We Can Put a Man on the Moon
Getting Big Things Done in Government
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We need more successes like these to reclaim government's legacy of competence. In If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, William Eggers and John O'Leary explain how to do it. The key? Understand-and avoid-the common pitfalls that trip up public-sector leaders during the journey from idea to results.
The authors identify pitfalls including:
-The Partial Map Trap: Fumbling handoffs throughout project execution
-The Tolstoy Syndrome: Seeing only the possibilities you want to see
-Design-Free Design: Designing policies for passage through the legislature, not for implementation
-The Overconfidence Trap: Creating unrealistic budgets and timelines
-The Complacency Trap: Failing to recognize that a program needs change
At a time of unprecedented challenges, this book, with its abundant examples and hands-on advice, is the essential guide to making our government work better. A must-read for every public official, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of democracy.
- Harvard Business Review Press, November 2009
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