Kshemendra N. Paul, 2009 Honoree

Chief architect, Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President
First job:
"Lab technician at the National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology)."
Most valuable career advice:
"Never confuse efforts with results."
Best mentoring relationship:
"Developed the best information-sharing architect in federal IT."
Your recreational best:
"Backpacking the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-river-to-rim and back."
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I studied electrical engineering due to family influence. If I could go back to school, I would study history or economics."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Be passionate about what you do -- try to make a difference. Envision and communicate a positive future. Your team and the stakeholders who are dealing with change are doing the heavy lifting. Be respectful and humble. Remember that if it starts to beco
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