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Tackling Wicked Government Problems

A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders

How can government leaders tackle the complex interagency and intergovernmental issues they face increasingly today?

Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders draws on the experience of some of the federal government’s most successful executives and leadership development experts who offer proven strategies for successfully taking on the great challenges that confront our nation. Here, they point the way forward for the next generation of senior public officials.

Jackson Nickerson, Ronald Sanders, and their colleagues offer several approaches for translating social network theory into practical approaches for building and employing collaborative networks. They present real solutions for developing enterprise leaders and explore how such leaders can use these networks to respond to, and eventually solve, thorny problems that span multiple agencies and disciplines.

About the Book

About the Authors

Jackson Nickerson is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Olin Business School, a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and director of Brookings Executive Education.

Ronald Sanders is a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and the firm’s first fellow. He also has served in a number of senior U.S. government posts, including Associate Director of National Intelligence, Chief HR Officer for the Internal Revenue Service, and Director of Civilian Personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense.