“Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplace, or How to Survive Public Service”

863 Words4 Pages
When reading Kenneth Ashworth’s “Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplace, or How to Survive Public Service” I found that the text gave serviceable information for students who want careers in this field. The way Ashworth writes the book is by letter he had wrote to his niece Kim who was going into public services. Ashworth is very experienced in this field that covers his years in the field on the daily adversaries that public servants can expect to deal with daily. With Ashworth’s years of experience, he had worked with countless people ranging from politicians to the press in the three states (California, Texas, Washington D.C.) that he was working in public administration. Ashworth explains to Kim how deranged working in a field like this is along with the things that are needed to become successful in this profession. Ashton manifests in the text that with an undeniable flaw of demonstrative society that people who are working to build administration within large organizations can still effect serious change and even enjoy themselves by having a good time along the way and in order to be a success in this profession, trained and advised understanding, studious growth, and extensive reading are attributes that are required in this field. Ashworth explains how becoming successful will guide you to become a leader and informs us on what it is needed to become a leader. There are many altered elements that make up quality leadership. Ashworth explains in detail on how to effectively lead when you are a boss, also how to lead when you are the inferior. If we are the inferior, the best thing to do to learn how to lead effectively is to learn from our bosses. Ashworth states "right away in your very first job you should set your boss up as your new teacher.". By doing so, we can learn from their actions by putting ourselves in a similar situation and have

More about “Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplace, or How to Survive Public Service”

Open Document