Leadership lessons

Check the bestseller lists on most weeks, and more than likely you will find a book that claims to have the answers to all our problems. The current book rage is “The Secret,” which presents what it calls the great secrets from centuries of oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy.

Generally, we understand and appreciate that there is no mystery or secret to success. We often know instinctively what needs to be done to succeed. But too often, obstacles stand in the way. We know that no secret or magic can help us overcome those obstacles. However, we do have lessons and experiences to draw from that teach us that we can surmount the difficult tasks we face.

In this issue, we highlight some of the secrets of success in the government information technology community. Here are leadership lessons from winners of Federal Computer Week’s 2007 Federal 100 Awards. The award winners are exceptional people who have done remarkable things. We hope that these people — all 100 winners — provide insights into success in meeting the important challenges facing this community.

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  • Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 campaign event. Image: Shutterstock

    'Buy American' order puts procurement in the spotlight

    Some IT contractors are worried that the "buy American" executive order from President Trump could squeeze key innovators out of the market.

  • OMB chief Mick Mulvaney, shown here in as a member of Congress in 2013. (Photo credit Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

    White House taps old policies for new government makeover

    New guidance from OMB advises agencies to use shared services, GWACs and federal schedules for acquisition, and to leverage IT wherever possible in restructuring plans.

  • Shutterstock image (by Everett Historical): aerial of the Pentagon.

    What DOD's next CIO will have to deal with

    It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

  • USAF Gen. John Hyten

    General: Cyber Command needs new platform before NSA split

    U.S. Cyber Command should be elevated to a full combatant command as soon as possible, the head of Strategic Command told Congress, but it cannot be separated from the NSA until it has its own cyber platform.

  • Image from Shutterstock.

    DLA goes virtual

    The Defense Logistics Agency is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to eliminate its IT infrastructure and transition to using exclusively shared, hosted and virtual services.

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    The 2017 Federal 100

    The women and men who make up this year's Fed 100 are proof positive of what one person can make possibile in federal IT. Read on to learn more about each and every winner's accomplishments.

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