The White House has approved Brian's selection for a high-level job in the government. After the initial excitement, he realizes there is a lot he does not know. He tells a friend, I need a mentor, someone who has been through what I am going to experience.
Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government with its 44 chapters containing examples, statistics, and anecdotes, is a mentor for high-level officials carrying titles like Deputy Assistant Secretary, Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Attorney General, and Inspector General, Director.
In addition, Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government has insights for industry officials working on or seeking contracts with government. Citizens and graduate students, too, will observe and learn from the insights in Spring Training.
Many have said as they left their high-level job, I wish I knew what I know now when I sat down at my desk on my first day on the job. Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government gives new appointees to high-level jobs the insights to be successful from their first day on the job.
"Frank McDonough has been on both sides of the table; he has been there and done that." -Tom Rolston, Former IBM executive and author of two books, Fifty Years before Crack, and Faith or Duty? "The public at large has no real insight into what goes on inside government agencies. This includes newly appointed officials, including Brian, the central character in Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government. Just as spring training readies rookies for the regular season, Brian will benefit from the array of topics contained in this work. Learning the fundamentals in this case means understanding the relationships with all the participants in government: Congress, contractors, lobhyists, superiors, subordinates, etc. Knowing how to successfully navigate the rocks and shoals that will inevitably appear is vital to a successful career. Frank McDonough has been on both sides of the table; he has been there and done that. Now he offers his advice to Brian in this book." -Tom Rolston, Former IBM executive and author of two books, Fifty Years before Crack, and Faith or Duty? "Frank McDonough is a well-traveled veteran from the halls of the Washington establishment. This book reflects his unique perspective and historical background that can benefit everyone who seeks a successful career in the service of their country." -John Sindelar Member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and Principal, Sindelar Group, LLC, a Public Sector Consulting Service. "Frank McDonough, a long-time career federal executive has the experience to write Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government to help high-level officials to survive and thrive in high-level government jobs. Frank led a large, complex organization where he saw the government from a government-wide perspective. With regulatory and policy authority, he managed many critical programs in government to ensure that the federal civil and military agencies acquired, managed and used information technology successfully to meet the many and varied missions of government. His deep experience domestically and internationally is reflected with insights, anecdotes, and advice in the 44 chapters in Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government." -Martha Dorris, Member of the Senior Executive Service, and awardee of Presidential Rank, Service to America Medals (SAMMIE), Government Computer News' (GCN) Civilian Executive of the Year, and President of the American Council For Technology and Industry Advisory Council. "Much as Frank McDonough is Brian's mentor in Spring Training for the Major Leagues of Government, he was my mentor when I worked to increase the number of our federal clients building on our existing base of State and Local Government clients. His wisdom born of experience was often delivered with anecdotes and examples known by only a few Senior Government Executives. He not only understands how government agencies work, but he knows how to transfer that information in an understandable, and often entertaining, manner. Brian could not find a better mentor." -Philip McGuigan, A Retired Partner of McGuire Woods LLP, was the principal author of Information Technology Outsourcing, A Handbook for Government, Second Edition published by the International City/County Management Association. He is currently a Director of Fundacion Amigos de Boquete, a Panamanian Not-for-Profit Foundation providing services to residents and to over 1,100 children in 12 schools in the Boquete District of the Republic of Panama. "This book . . . can benefit everyone who seeks a successful career in the service of their country." -John Sindelar, Member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and Principal, Sindelar Group, LLC, a Public Sector Consulting Service.