Professor and former Director
Washington Public Affairs Center, University of Southern California
Former Associate Director and Dean
Federal Executive Institute
Vision to Reality is terrific! It will be a great success with both
practitioners and academics and should become a classic 'how to' primer
from innovative leaders in the public sector. In addition, Vision is
the kind of book all of us in the public administration schools have
been looking for: one that demonstrates the realities and benefits of
innovative risk taking. The case materials add real flesh to what for
years seemed like barren conceptual bones in the public management field."
Professor of Public Administration
Old Dominion University
Former Deputy Director
United States Office of Personnel Management
Vision to Reality should be required reading from every public manager,
for it clearly shows that individuals in government can and do make
a difference. The book surveys the techniques used by seven innovators
in federal, state, and local government, and demonstrates beyond doubt
that with careful planning and clever strategy large institution can
experience positive and lasting change. Perhaps these seven role models
can create a new desire in public managers who often feel 'beaten down'
and who consequently do not want to 'rock the boat."
Wayne F. Anderson
Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
George Mason University
Former Executive Director
United States Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Linden's new book will appeal to and benefit both professors and practitioners.
The profiles of seven successful public managers and the similarities
in their strategies of innovation will enliven many courses and training
programs. His closing chapter provides a unique and practical roadmap
to success innovation and a highly readable discussion of the tools
for fostering and implementing innovation in any organization."