Managing Your Government Career

Success Strategies That Work

 Managing Your Government Career

Author: Stewart Liff
Pub Date: February 2009
Print Edition: $19.95
Print ISBN: 9780814410998
Page Count: 272
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814412732

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THIS BOOK IS INTENDED as a companion piece to my

last book, Managing Government Employees: How to Motivate Them, Deal

With Difficult Issues and Produce Tangible Results (AMACOM, February

2007). Whenever I gave presentations about that book, people remarked

that it was about time someone wrote a book dealing with the problems

that are unique to the government. It seems that the book has struck a

nerve, and I continue to hear that officials in different sectors of the

government are using it to help them manage their employees.

For example, Managing Government Employees is the one book that

the state of New Jersey recommends for all candidates who are taking the

Sheriff’s Promotional Exam. I am truly grateful for the reaction to this

book, since my goal in writing it was to improve the way government is


After completing it, I had no intention of doing a follow-up book.

However, since the first book was written from a ‘‘top-down’’ perspective

and many people were urging me to write one from a ‘‘bottom-up’’ point

of view, I finally decided to tackle the subject of Managing Your Government


This book is organized into three parts. Part 1 addresses whether

working for the government is right for you and, if it is, how to get into

the government. Part 2 discusses how to get off to a good start, build a

good relationship with your supervisor, and develop some perspective.

The last part is for people who have been with the government for a while

and are trying to make the most of their career. It is the most philosophical

of the three parts, and it talks about looking down the road, deciding

whether management is right for you, balancing your work and family

lives, and personal growth. Feel free to read the book from beginning to

end, or to start with the part that best corresponds to the current stage of

your career.

If there is one overriding theme of this book, it is you need to be in

charge of both your career and your life. I firmly believe that the choices

you make ultimately determine how successful you will be. Moreover, I

also believe that the best way to make sound choices is by (1) being aware

of the ramifications of those choices and (2) living your lives (business

and personal) according to a consistent set of core values.

Of course, that is easier said than done, because life is not simple,

and neither is working for the government. However, if you follow the

guidance contained in this book, which is supplemented by many realworld

examples, I am certain that you will have an excellent career and

avoid the mistakes that so many other people have made and continue to


Stewart Liff


April 26, 2008

Excerpted from Managing Your Government Career by Stewart Liff. Copyright © 2009 by Stewart Liff. Published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association, New York, NY. Used with permission.

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