Transforming Government from Congress to the Cubicle

This is not a book about national policy or legislative initiatives, it’s about the management practices and behaviors that need to take place to transform government and strengthen its capacity to...

Why Do We Sometimes Insulate Ourselves from the Truth?

It’s an interesting phenomenon we observe during this election season, the adoration of a candidate or perhaps unrelenting allegiance regardless of their position or their truthfulness on an issue....

Engagement Success

COE uses the term "partnership" when talking about our working relationships, because the most successful engagements are true collaborations, complete with mutual trust and respect. In order to...

Things to Consider When Selecting a Firm

In today's environment of tightened budgets, heightened partisanship, and increased scrutiny, agency contract selections are under more pressure than ever. Fewer dollars means that the wrong choice or...

COE’s Code of Ethics

COE has adopted the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) code of ethics. COE is a proud member of AMCF for over 15 years. The company's president, Steve Goodrich, serves as an...

A Constitutional Convention Model for Government Reform

It is time to revisit what the federal government does for its people in order to create a more effective government. More than 228 years ago during an 83-day period, our founding fathers created the...

Institutional Wisdom as a Tool for Effectiveness

Mature organizations are not necessarily old organizations, but they do share the characteristic of wisdom we often attribute to more experienced people. Wisdom is generally recognized as good...

An Rx for OPM

The beleaguered Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to wind its way through its current challenge while it also assimilates a new leader. I have no doubt that Beth Cobert will do the job...

Here’s Our Chance to Fix Government Once and for All

The federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path that threatens our national security and social safety net. While many cuts and changes have taken place, government has yet to address the...

9 Key Steps to Cyber-Preparation

We are dealing with a systemic crisis-critical government information is being hacked and falling into the hands of "evil doers," and there appears to be no end in sight. Hardly a week goes by when we...