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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Leading Change In Public Institutions

Politico reports that outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to write two books. The first will be a memoir.
The second book will examine, with a dash of humor, “how you lead change in large public institutions.”

“There’s a lot of books out there about how you lead change in business, but I’ve certainly not seen any … on how you do that in public institutions,” he said.

Actually, there are a number of such books. Here are just a few:

What is especially odd about his comment is that he once led the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, which teaches courses in public sector leadership. He then served as president of the university.