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jfeldman
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6/1/2013 | 9:02:55 PM
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Based on the reactions after my talk, I'd say that he wasn't alone, BUT there were definitely an equal number of gov IT workers there that were excited about the possibilities.
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6/1/2013 | 9:01:55 PM
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I also think that it helps to find a community of interest. Code For America is a great group to connect with. (In fact, CfA is working on an #OpenData book!)
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jfeldman,
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6/1/2013 | 9:01:06 PM
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Laurie, I think this falls into the category of innovation leadership. You can't do everything all at once, but neither can you responsibly do nothing. Figure out what small steps make sense this quarter, next quarter, and keep it on the agenda as a priority.
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MyW0r1d,
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5/31/2013 | 7:00:37 PM
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I enjoyed reading the article which highlights an all too common issue in workplace conflicts, lines of responsibility. It was enjoyable until I thought that your "argumentative" friend was perhaps only the vocal one among many others which were quietly in agreement with him. That this case, which you referred to local governments or municipalities, has also been discussed at the federal government level and should be seen in a larger context. I have also observed that the "delegating up" tactic of passing the buck is a two way street and works the other way (only the most recent case in point, IRS in the case of the department director's lack of participation in the congressional hearings). Keeping your pals happy appears to be an overriding objective at all levels which will probably never change as it is taught and reinforced in universities, fraternities and sororities nationwide.
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5/31/2013 | 6:51:14 PM
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Do you have any further advice for government IT leaders who are trying to encourage this type of culture change inside their IT organizations?

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