By David Chu
It’s been my privilege to participate in six transitions—symmetrically, three in, three out. (That’s counting generously, since it includes as one set the “friendly” transition from President Reagan’s administration to President George H.W. Bush’s.) It’s only a limited sample, and all the data points involve a single cabinet agency. Moreover, each differs in its specific circumstances. But looking back, I think some generalizations are possible, especially regarding management challenges. Whether they are likely to apply going forward I leave to the reader’s speculation.
The first applies to the incoming appointees. As the new administration gets under way,