State Chief Administrator's Guidebook on Transitions

Photo of State Chief Administrator's GuidebookNASCA partnered with past chief administrators for advice and tactics for new public sector executives. NASCA Transition Taskforce led by former state chief administrators, Bob Blair, Director of the Department of Administrative Services in the State of Ohio and Bob Oglesby, Commissioner of General Services in the State of Tennessee, proposed a “Boot Camp” component for new government executives, as well as other resources to help in their transition.

This publication builds on multiple NASCA publications and resources and serves as a guidebook for the in-person Boot Camp curriculum at the 2019 Spring Conference. Additional materials are also available of the NASCA’s Transition webpage. We hope this publication provides useful insights for not only chief administrators but government managers and stakeholders.

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This guidebook is broken into four training sessions: 

Session 1: The Chief Administrator’s Leadership Challenge
The leadership challenges chief administrators face in a political environment

Session 2: Managing Risks and Opportunities within Functional Programs
The top things you need to know about managing your enterprise functions

Session 3: Ensuring Successful Change Initiatives
Leveraging lessons learned to make your change initiatives successful

Session 4: Avoiding Political Pitfalls
An insider’s look at developing effective relationships with the Governor’s office