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FCW : February 2013
CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EXECUTIVE EDITOR Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy SENIOR WRITER Matthew Weigelt STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Camille Tuutti CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, H.B. Hatter CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNERS Biswarup Bhattacharjee, Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL INTERN Emily L . Cole PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER Jennifer Weiss VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jef frey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach sta members of 1105 Government Informa- tion Group. A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the naming convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Editor'sNote 6 February 2013 FCW.COM FCW (ISSN 0893-052X) is published 21 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb and Dec by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Annual digital subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $125.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, email FCWmag@1105service. com or call (866) 293-3194 for U.S. & Canada; (847) 763-9560 for International, fax (847) 763-9564. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada. De ning leadership has been an objective of thousands of scholars, politicians and military heroes. The last word on it has not been written. But one of our favorite quotes is from John F. Kennedy, who said, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." We agree. In this issue, we look at some of the soft skills that can help executives become leaders --- from team assessments to working with a mentor to tips for staying out of the weeds. But perhaps the most important skill that leaders need is the ability to learn by listening to the points of view of all key stakeholders. Those stakeholders might be ordinary citizens, fellow federal employees, or part of the larger community that sells products and services to government users. All can have important insights, and all can inform a leader who takes the time to listen. It has grown harder to have such discussions, however. Tight budgets and past scandals discourage conference attendance, while ethics concerns and bid protests have had a chilling effect on even informal conversations. It is part of FCW's mission to help agency leaders learn from one another and from their counterparts in the private sector. We do this through our editorial coverage, of course, but we also believe there is no substitute for direct conversations. That's why we host such a wide range of in-person and online events and why our business unit will continue to offer education and information at no charge to government attendees. And it's why we are intrigued by experiments like the Defense Information Systems Agency's consortium on enterprise service management. DISA wants to assemble 100 industry participants to take part in the discussion --- rst in June and again in November. No company gets more than two participants, and tech credentials are required. That changes the conversation from business development to technology and strategy. It is an interesting model that FCW will be watching, and we are interested in hearing about others. If you have ideas for promoting the open ow of information, please let us know. --- ANNE ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org To lead, you have to listen
March 15, 2013