Martha Johnson, who was forced to resign abruptly as head of the General Services Administration in 2011 amid revelations of a scandal on her watch over excesses at a Las Vegas training conference, has penned a book about leadership in government and the lessons she learned at the helm of the agency.
The book, out last week from Dudley Court Press, is titled “On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience.”
In it, Johnson is passionate about creative and effective management and how to change the culture of a government organization.
“When that bumps into what is the business culture of performance, which is also important to the government, you’ve got a mash-up there that a leader has to wade through,” she said.
She told GovLoop that GSA “has always struggled because it is about a dozen or so business lines” from purchasing to government real estate. It was hard to find a coherent vision for the agency.
Johnson now works as a consultant on leadership challenges.