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We serve business and government to improve the lives of Tennesseans. We envision Tennessee as a global leader with thriving business and industry, efficient and effective government, and vibrant communities. At the Institute for Public Service we value people, diversity, relationships, integrity, and excellence.


Center for Industrial
Services (CIS)
  County Technical
Assistance Service (CTAS)
  Law Enforcement
Innovation Center (LEIC)
Municipal Technical
Advisory Service (MTAS)
  Naifeh Center for Effective
Leadership (NCEL)
  Tennessee Language Center (TLC)


Inspire, Empower, Communicate. Transform.

By Kelley McNeal, CTAS As you know, there are many leadership styles. In your careers, you have probably experienced several...
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How do you Lead When you Don’t Know Where you’re Going?

How do you lead when you don’t know where you’re going? By Dr. Jennifer Tourville, SMART Being in a new...
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Why Do We Call the Exercise of Leadership Art?

By Dr. Herb Byrd III  One of these days I aspire to learn to paint. To really take some image...
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Jefferson County Recognized for Opioid Settlement Planning Process

Jefferson County announced it is receiving of one of the inaugural awards for Excellence in the Application of the Opioid...
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Focus on the Facts of a Situation

By Rhiannon Jones, LEIC I am a self-proclaimed overthinker; if there’s a way to ruminate on something, I’m going to...
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Leadership Lessons

Leading Up By Jon Walden, CTAS In today's fast-moving work world, being a good leader means more than just leading...
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Leadership Lessons

Can We Make Civility a Norm? By Dr. Herb Byrd III Coming home from the UT Board of Trustees meeting,...
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Unless We Use Respect, It’s Wasted

Innovation, Honesty, Engagement, Accountability, & Respect – I HEAR By Lynn Reed, CIS Our global population was estimated to have...
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