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Presidential transition insights

Anticipate and navigate change with confidence

Change is constant. Times of transition can be chaotic, but what steps can be taken to prepare? Explore best practices to anticipate change, understand key phases of a new federal government administration, bolster employee engagement, and learn how to lead and succeed during a time of significant transition.

Presidential transition: Translating lessons from mergers and acquisitions

The scale of a presidential transition is staggering. More than 4,000 political appointees will resign as of January 20, 2017. It’s a large-scale, critical, yet infrequently occurring event, so we turned to the commercial world for new insights on managing a presidential transition. CEO transitions in the private sector occur much more often than every four or eight years.

We interviewed experts who advise, facilitate, and manage M&A transactions and post-merger integration as well as with those who have advised or experienced presidential and other government transitions. We discovered some striking similarities. Civil servants, transition team participants, and incoming political appointees may benefit from the translation of important lessons from the hundreds of M&A transactions that have occurred.

Learn more on The presidential transition: Translating lessons from mergers and acquisitions.

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Watch Deloitte’s Federal & State Government series Dbriefs webcast

Are you and your organization ready? Our nation will undergo a leadership transformation at the federal, state, and local levels. The latest Debriefs discusses the results of the presidential election and what the outcome means for the public sector. By viewing the recent Dbriefs webcast below you will hear about:

  • Election outcomes and implications.
  • Best practices for politicos going through times of transition.
  • Successful strategies for addressing organizational change.

Learn how you can effectively address the challenges and opportunities of political transitions, as well as how to lead and succeed, even during periods of political change.

Navigate the 2016 presidential transition with confidence

Presidential campaigns and elections are complex, chaotic processes often characterized by uncertainty and unpredictability. This year’s contest for the White House was no exception. One certainty looms for Federal Government CFOs and their teams during the upcoming presidential transition—the inevitability of disruptive change.

We at Deloitte advocate the following baseline approach:

  • Live by the platinum rule
  • Prepare the team for transition
  • Develop an incisive talent strategy
  • Tackle the tension
  • Take the new administration’s risk temperature

Learn more on Navigating the 2016 presidential transition with confidence.

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Moving the needle on employee engagement during the presidential transition

As our nation approaches another transfer of power from one administration to the next, thousands of political appointees are preparing to leave their jobs. To help the government continue to function effectively during the presidential transition, career civil servants—those individuals who comprise the vast majority of the federal workforce and serve across administrations—will be relied on heavily.

Whether serving on an interim basis for political appointees who have departed before their successors are in place, getting newly appointed political employees up to speed, or maintaining focus and continuing to do high-quality work to advance their agency missions, career civil servants are essential to the transfer of power.

Explore more of the 2015 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Moving the needle on employee engagement during the presidential transition.

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The Federal Management Playbook: Leading and succeeding in the Public Sector

Stories of government management failures often make the headlines, but quietly much gets done as well. What makes the difference? In his latest publication, Ira Goldstein offers wisdom about how to lead and succeed in the federal realm, based on his decades of experience with two major government consulting firms and as a member of the US Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service.

The Federal Management Playbook is a must-read for anyone working in the government realm and for students who aspire to work in public service.

Order The Federal Management Playbook on Amazon.com.

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The Federal Management Playbook

As agencies grapple with the significant change that comes with transitions in leadership, the importance of addressing organizational culture should not be overlooked. For more information about culture as the fourth element of the people, process, and technology model, read our thought leadership, “The fourth element: How addressing culture can improve mission performance in government."

In the news

How can leaders keep exiting feds on point during the transition?
Source: FCW | August 10, 2016
The partnership for public service teamed with Deloitte to suggest how government agencies and leaders can best communicate with both ongoing and incoming employees.

The workers Clinton and Trump should not forget
Source: The Washington Post | August 10, 2016
Administrations needs to consider civil servants, particularly during the transition, when they will play an enhanced role until the new political appointees are in place.

Note to managers: Presidential transition may trigger employee anxiety
Source: Government Executive | August 9, 2016
A targeted effort to ensure that junior-level employees are correctly informed could prevent unnecessary anxiety, a new report says.

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