Conclusion: Accelerate Everyone

THE STRATEGIES presented in the previous nine chapters should propel you on your way to getting up to speed and getting it right during your transition period. But an important question remains: why is it that so few organizations in the public sector pay so little real attention to this critical period in the careers of key employees upon whom they rely so heavily? Though there are public agencies that are exceptions to this rule, too often new leaders at all levels are largely left to their own resources to gain the learning and other critical assets they need to succeed.

One reason for this is the changing nature of senior leadership positions in many public-sector organizations at all levels of government. ...

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