Sep 25, 2019
When you are working in a highly
regulated and restricted environment, it may be more challenging to
come up with creative solutions, make decisions and work within a
culture that feels flexible. However, this week, Jim and Jan
discuss the unique leadership challenges in the public sector, and
how to still thrive. Jim and Jan answer a few listener
questions and concerns regarding problems that are unique to public
sector organizations, and give personal examples of times they
needed to think outside the box to move things
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[2:22] Before we look at
external threats, we must first look internally and see what we are
able to control.
[4:03] When bureaucracy bears
down and feels constrictive, great leaders are creative in problem
[10:46] Challenge your
assumptions and be open to a different way of doing
Highly regulated complex systems
are rarely air tight, so look for the gaps.
[11:13] Be crystal clear about
expectations, including who does what by when and what the
consequences will be if someone fails to meet the
[15:03] Try to talk with the
union, find a common interests and see where you can work together
to find a solution for the greater group.
[16:43] Control what you can,
and adapt and change around those you can’t. By doing this, we
influence for the good.
[22:09] Your network is your
insurance policy, and so is learning and growing within your
company and industry. It is your personal responsibility to take
lessons learned when you can.
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- “Remove some of your assumptions, challenge
them and pressure test them.”
- “Ultimately, the thing we all have is a
- “Control what you can.”
- “Invent your way out of a tight
- “Learn how to adapt and
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