AUTHORS

Russ Linden is a management educator and author. His major areas of expertise include change management, performance improvement, and collaboration. He has written five books, his most recent being "Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World" (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

His clients have included several intelligence, natural-resource and defense agencies; the Departments of State, Treasury, Interior, Veterans Affairs and Education; more than 40 state and local government agencies; and nonprofits in the U.S. and Israel.

Russ Liden
June 11, 2014

You Can’t Manage a Secret

Creating a culture of openness and candor is critical to organizational success. It takes a strong, concerted effort by leaders.
March 12, 2014

Innovation and Government's Fear of Failure

When it comes to trying something new in the public sector, we're especially averse to risk. But there are ways to gain support for these kinds of initiatives.
December 3, 2013

The Dilemmas of Leading in a VUCA World

Today's turbulent environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity means new challenges for government managers and policymakers. There are ways to cope with them.
September 11, 2013

What Legacy of Leadership Will You Leave?

Nurturing the next generation of leaders is one of the best things you can do for your organization.
June 19, 2013

The Rider and the Elephant: Switch Book Details How to Create Change

A remarkable book provides leaders with a practical, simple framework, based on the latest brain research, for turning an organization to a new direction.
April 3, 2013

The Perils of Tunnel-Vision Leadership

The leadership fight at the University of Virginia is a powerful example of why so many change efforts fail.
January 23, 2013

The Life-Saving Power of Crowdsourcing

It's hard to imagine a better demonstration of its potential than the worldwide volunteer effort that helped rescue thousands of people after the earthquake in Haiti.
November 7, 2012

Taking the Fear Out of Change

Most of us are all too comfortable in our habits. The lesson for leaders in an era of change: Make the novel seem familiar.
August 29, 2012

Close Encounters of the Productive Kind

All too often, the first meeting of a collaborative group is a waste of time. Here are some ways to keep that from happening.
June 20, 2012

Avoiding ‘the Tyranny of the Immediate’

Managing an enterprise requires keeping the focus on “the main thing” and not being distracted by the daily tasks and deadlines that always seem urgent.
April 18, 2012

People Just Naturally Resist Change, Right?

Not so fast. What many people fear about organizational change is loss.
February 8, 2012

Logic Models and the Quest for Results

They can help governments achieve the outcomes they want. But they have their downsides.
November 9, 2011

‘Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills’

The way a successful airline finds employees who fit in with its distinctive culture holds lessons for the public sector.
August 10, 2011

How’s Your ‘Court Vision’?

Effective leaders know the importance of focusing not only on the things they can control, but on the larger picture.
July 6, 2011

James Madison, the Constitution and the Power of Collaboration

As the story behind the U.S. Constitution illustrates, history is chock full of lessons on collaborative leadership.
May 4, 2011

Reframe, Broaden a Problem

Dwight Eisenhower said, 'If you can't solve a problem, enlarge it.' It's a powerful insight into problem solving.
March 16, 2011

Creating a 'Line of Sight'

When employees have a line of sight, they can see the connection between their everyday work, and something larger.
December 15, 2010

The "Traps" to Successful Implementation

A guide to avoiding these five traps, and successfully implementing public initiatives.
October 27, 2010

Using Web 2.0 to Support Collaboration

Four ways agencies and organizations can use Web 2.0 to foster collaboration.
October 27, 2010

Engaging Through Web 2.0

Strategies for using Web 2.0 to foster collaboration.
September 9, 2010

Boosting Your Team’s Effectiveness

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” Here’s an approach for dealing with those who insist on putting an “I” in “team.”

Major Change, Fast Results

Changing the culture of an organization doesn't have to take a decade.
June 23, 2010

Change Doesn't Have to Take a Decade

Russ Linden on bringing about major change in a short amount of time.

The Power of a Collaborative Mindset

After Hurricane Katrina, it was collaborative leadership that returned order to New Orleans and improved rescue and recovery efforts.

Transparency Breeds Self-Correcting Behavior

The more an agency can make information transparent, the more it will breed change into an organization.

Story Power

Don't underestimate the strength of a good one to persuade people and move them to action.

The Experience Strategy

Before selling a solution, a leader needs to "sell the problem." That's best done when managers themselves experience what's wrong.

Getting Stuck on the Escalator

'Learned helplessness' can be a powerful drag on an organization's performance. But there are ways to combat it.

The Promise of the Millennial Generation

Millennials may be problematic, but consider their potential for radically improving government.

The Power of Resilience

Individuals need it. So do organizations.

When Adults Act like Children

It's up to an organization's leaders to create a culture that fosters collaboration, writes Russ Linden.

What'll It Cost Me?

When public employees ask the question "what is in it for me," they are evaluating what the change requires from them. Russ Linden provides insights in to how to manage the process of change.

Success is a Lousy Teacher

What worked in the business world, writes Russ Linden, doesn't always work in the public sector.

Forming Relationships Before They're Needed

As one emergency management veteran puts it, "you don't want to start forming relationships when you're standing in the rubble."

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

With a little planning and a lot of commitment, writes Russ Linden, a crisis can produce significant changes in the status quo.

The Power, and Difficulty, of Executive Learning

Of all the skills and traits we expect of our leaders, none of them is more important than the ability to learn from one's mistakes.

The Real Message of the Midterm Elections

Forget about ideology, the great majority of voters just want a more effective government.

Dealing with the Human Side of Change

Dealing poorly (or not at all) with the human element is usually where change initiatives go south.

Abraham Lincoln: Leadership Lessons for Our Times (and All Times)

Lincoln, who lead a team of fierce rivals during our country's biggest crisis, has a lot to teach us.

The Fine, and Critical, Art of Managing Relationships

Good relationships mean that others are more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt when you're in trouble.

Getting Off the Dance Floor, and On the Balcony

Managers and leaders have to take themselves out of the fray to understand what's really going on.