Three Letters Could Boost Your Career

Simple question: Are you happy with your career? If not, what are you going to do about it? We have a suggestion: IDP. At GovLoop’s Thursday online training, Creating a Great Individual Development Plan to Grow Your Career, we spoke with Kathleen Flora, Certified Career Counselor & Leadership Development, Instructor, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Steve… Read more »


The Principle of Authority – A Rule for Your Success

“When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen”. Check out the YouTube video.  I’m sure you’ve seen commercials where a doctor, dentist, athlete or a celebrity has recommended a product. This is the principle of authority at work, suggesting, if doctors, dentist or E.F. Hutton recommends it, well, it must be worth having. Knowing how to use… Read more »


Amplify Your Professional Writing Skills

Some people are natural born writers who can easily string together concise messages with little to no effort. The rest of us are “writers-in-progress” who know it takes time to craft an effective business message. The best approach to strong business writing is varied and based on the several things: Solid research Editing skills Turning… Read more »


No More Gambling for Your Pension

Congrats! You just won your state’s lottery! But there’s a catch. You aren’t actually going to receive any of the money. Or if you do, it will be a tiny fraction. Imagine that you worked your entire life for this pot of gold. For public employees, receiving your promised pension and retirement plan funding is… Read more »


You Have No Choice – You Must Run Your Marathon

“People are as individual as snowflakes, they kinda look alike but no two are the exactly the same, and all classification is the root of prejudice.” ― Craig Ferguson, host, “The Late Late Show“ I’ve been a creative as long as I can remember. Writing, photography, slideshows, web, social media, fashion design, PR, writing for magazines,… Read more »


LinkedIn Activity: Trying to Manage the Virtually Unmanageable

This article attempts to help intermediate and advanced LinkedIn users understand how their LinkedIn activity is broadcast and shared with other users, and provides recommendations for the best approaches to managing that activity within LinkedIn’s constraints. It provides a comparable assessment and recommendations for filtering and managing other people’s LinkedIn activity as well.  Want more… Read more »

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New Job, New Challenges!

After 21 years at EPA, I’m heading to new issues and challenges at US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  I’ll be the chief of the E-Communications Division, working on web and social media. My last day will be November 26, the day before Thanksgiving. I’ve had some amazing experiences here, and a good chunk of my… Read more »