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Driving Government Performance is a one-week executive program that introduces a number of core principles and explicit strategies that public executives can adapt in a variety of complex circumstances to achieve specific performance improvements.

The program is not about creating rigid performance systems. Rather, it focuses on how you can work within existing legal and policy mandates to adapt proven strategies to inspire people to produce results that citizens value. Class analyses, team meetings and informal discussions with colleagues and faculty will deepen your leadership repertoire and contribute to an engaging learning environment.

The Driving Government Performance curriculum focuses on:

  • Choosing and producing results: How to decide what goals to set and what strategies to develop in order to achieve them
  • Seizing and creating opportunities: How to recognize and shape events and attitudes to build operational capabilities
  • Measuring performance: How to use specific performance targets and measure results, then use those measures to improve performance and accomplish even more
  • Motivating individuals and energizing teams: How to inspire employees and collaborators to pursue public purposes with dedication and creativity

Driving Government Performance not only advances your individual knowledge of performance leadership—a web of interrelated ideas, concepts and principles about results, strategy, motivation and leadership. It also creates that knowledge for the entire class of senior executives. Thus, when you and your peers return to your agencies, you will face the challenge not only of teaching your staff the knowledge you have acquired, but also the helping your leadership team to build its own collective knowledge.

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