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Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results

Program Session(s):
September 18, 2016 - September 23, 2016
March 19, 2017 - March 24, 2017

Application Deadline(s):
July 18, 2016
January 19, 2017

Program Fee:$7,600

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment. 

Faculty Chair: Bob Behn

Program Director: Anna Shanley

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If you are interested in a sneak preview of some of the leadership principles and performance strategies that will be introduced, discussed, and analyzed during Driving Government Performance, you can check out two publications of the program’s faculty chair, Robert D. Behn:
Bob Behn's Public Management Report

Performance Leadership: 11 Better Practices That Can Ratchet Up Performance

Custom Program Available for Your Organization

Would you like to bring Harvard’s Driving Government Performance to your organization?
Robert Behn has conducted numerous customized version of this Executive Education program for public agencies and governmental jurisdictions. He usually does this for the organization’s leadership team of fifty executives over four intensive days at a retreat center a few hours’ drive from the organization’s headquarters.

Like the version of Driving Government Performance conducted in Cambridge, each customized program focuses on leadership strategies that produce results in public agencies yet is tailored to reflect the specific performance challenges facing the agency. This customized program is particularly valuable for executives who wish to ensure that every member of their leadership team understands and is able to implement the principles of performance leadership.

A public executive who is considering bringing Driving Government Performance to his or her agency should first attend the program at Harvard, or send a key deputy to do so. This will ensure that Driving Government Performance is, indeed, precisely what the agency needs.
More information is available on the website of Bob Behn’s Public Management Report. Agency leaders interested in bringing Harvard to their agency should contact Robert Behn, faculty chair, at


Where will I live?
At Soldiers Field Park Apartments, graduate student housing located across the Charles River next to the Harvard Business School. In these furnished apartments, you will have a private bedroom (linens and towels included) and share a bathroom and kitchenette with one or two other participants. Each bedroom has a clock radio (so you don’t miss the first class each morning) plus a window air-conditioner (to keep you cool). Each apartment has a coffee maker, telephone, TV, iron, and ironing board.

If you plan to arrive in the Cambridge-Boston area before Driving Government Performance begins or stay in the area after the program ends, you could consider staying in one of the following nearby hotels:

Harvard Square Hotel
Inn At Harvard
Charles Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
DoubleTree Guest Suites
Marriott Kendall Square
Residence Inn, Kendall Square
Irving and Harding Houses

Do I have to live on campus?
Yes, absolutely. This is a residential program even for participants who live in the greater Boston area. The work with your team, and the interaction with your colleagues contributes significantly to your ability to develop your own strategy for performance leadership.


What should I wear?
Whatever you want. You could go white tie, but you would look silly. So simply wear whatever is comfortable and legal.


Can my family join me?
Sorry. Because you will be sharing an apartment with one or more program participants two colleagues, there are no accommodations available for family or guests. Moreover, with the exception of Tuesday evening — when you and your colleagues have the opportunity to enjoy dinner in Boston or Cambridge — the schedule for Driving Government Performance is jam packed. Each day, you’ll be discussing performance strategies during four sessions, reading more about specific strategies in the late afternoon, and then debating these strategies with your team after dinner. If you wish to enjoy Boston and New England with your family, please plan to do so in the days before or after the program.


Where and when do I register?
You will need to arrive at the Soldiers Field Park Apartments between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Sunday. Program orientation will begin that Sunday at 12:00 noon followed by the first two sessions and the opening night dinner.


When will you send me the detailed course materials (including all that reading you promise)?
After you have been accepted and confirmed your participation, we will send you a detailed schedule, curricular information, and lots of stuff to read. You should make your travel plans so that you arrive at Registration in Soldiers Field Park before noon on Sunday. For your departure on Friday, you should make reservations for planes that depart Logan Airport after 4:00 p.m.


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