Career civil servants deal with bureaucrats and bureaucratic behavior daily. You can reduce the tendency toward protecting the status quo and being bound by established procedures by
Know why you are carrying out the function and whom you are serving (this allows you to think of your agency as an ends not a means and allows you to think of the program, not the procedure).
Enable those under you to feel they control their own areas of work allowing a sense of ownership and pride in work.
Don’t get locked into some early job because you are good at it.
Be wary of those who carry the rules and regulation gene, those who decide they must regulate every conceivable situation before it arises.
Remember, a rule is a momentary solution to a constantly recurring problem; it is not an inviolable law.
Be wary of the in-house critics who spend all their time criticizing your work while you are busy working full-time managing your program responsibilities and staff. Remember, the longer they look, the more important it is to them that they find something.
Cite: Ashworth, Kenneth (2001) CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DOG AND THE FIREPLUG: or How to Survive Public
Service, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press