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Tutor profile: John Q.

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John Q.
Navy Leader in Public Administration. Working at a Leadership and Ethics Center
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Subject: Public Administration

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Who is responsible for controlling administrators and how would they do so? Which of the measures of performance accountability—fiscal, process, or program accountability—do you think best keeps administrators honest? Do you think that any particular one has primacy over another?

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The people are responsible for keeping our administrators “honest”. We control this with the vote. This is where transparency is vital in government. Elected officials really do have a lot of power in their decisions and not only with policy decisions. The folks placed or appointed to offices in government can have a huge effect on the direction that office takes. I cannot estimate which process is the best to keep them accountable. They all hold effective ways to hold people to account but that is a personal analysis, except for fiscal. There will be many opinions on how a person is performing or if a program is being as effective as it should be. I think that the fiscal measure is the only measure that has hard data behind it. You can follow the money, you can see where it is going and if it is being used the way that it was intended. There are many in government who claim fiscal responsibility and following the money is a good way to verify if that is true. Additionally, with that information people can make an honest opinion about performance, which can affect the government, they wish to have.

Subject: Professional Development

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What is leadership, management, and how can you relate either to your own life or line of work?

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Leaders motivate people to move in the same direction toward a common goal. This motivation includes the attributes of inspiration and personal connection. True leaders understand their people and how they operate and operate at their best. I believe that leaders can accomplish things that are quite remarkable. Forest firefighters, for example, amaze me. I personally hold those courageous people in high regard and am in awe at some of the calculated risks they take and the way they can get others to follow into that fire, simply to save the house of someone they don’t even know or the family pets. My experiences have been similar. Encouraging and inspiring Sailors to follow my lead into a very dangerous environment means that they believe we can accomplish the mission and they trust that I will look after them so everyone makes it home safe and sound. Managers are focused on programs and processes. They help save money and develop policies within an organization. This arm of any organization is less connected to the individuals “on the ground”. They rely on other people in leadership positions to relay valuable information related to processes and programs. I appreciate good managers. I believe that evaluating processes and developing new policies can improve people’s work, attitudes, and can help the bottom line. These people are invaluable to organizations' growth and sustainability. I collaborate with managers who assist with refining the information we are teaching, they take the feedback we give them to make our classes more impactful, so we can leave a legacy!

Subject: US Government and Politics

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1. What is identity politics? Why is this a source of conflict in the United States? Are there examples you can think of?

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Identity politics are recognition within a specific group. I see it really as a source of division. These divisions have been formed over many years of politics in the United States. There are so many examples of division at this moment in time. The most recent time in history we have closed ranks and become closer as a nation came after 9/11. There is a consensus that during wartime we are united, regardless of political affiliation. I would argue we are more divided than at any time since the civil war. The conflict is everywhere we look; race, religion, political party, ideology, and civility. In nearly all polls shown today, we see them broken down by some form of identity, white uneducated, male independent leaning, democrat, republican, etc. I believe we all see ourselves as Americans with an added division based on how we identify. It seems at every turn we are actively looking for ways to isolate parties and using harsh terms to "frighten" independent voters from one side or the other.

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