By Joseph Gurney, Paul R. Lawrence, and Mark Abramson
We are now nearing Inauguration Day and the arrival of the next generation of political appointees to implement the agenda of the new Administration. This changing of the guard happens every four years. Over the last seven years, we have examined the experience of new appointees and concluded that better preparation is needed for them to succeed. We discussed this finding in a recent article, “Needed: A New Approach for Onboarding Political Appointees” (http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2016/12/needed-new-approach-onboarding-political-appointees/133589/?oref=river).