The NextGen board needs your help to create the agenda for this year’s summit!
YOU are the reason this summit exists and the only one who truly knows what you want to learn to further enhance your career and the future of government.
What sessions would you most benefit from? Any specific speakers?
What kind of training do you need to be a better public servant?
Any other comments or suggestions on how to make NextGen 2012 awesome?
Also, ask your managers what skills they'd like you to develop and send us those tips too!
Check out some of the great topics from NextGen 2011 below.
Be sure to Save The Date: 2011 Next Generation of Government Training Summitis taking place on July 26th and 27th in Washington, DC at the JW Marriott. Or register today!
Looking forward to your feedback!
2011 NextGen Keynotes:
“Scheming Virtuously” - Nicholas Charney, Office of the Assistant Deputy, Acquisitions Sector, Library and Archives Canada
“How to Create Innovation in Government” - Fred Dust, IDEO
“The Power of a Community Like You – Lessons from Meetup.com” - Kathryn Fink, Community Development, Meetup.com
Why Congress Matters: how it affects your daily operations - Dr. Kenneth Gold, Director, The Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University
“Digital Government: Me, My Career and My Future.” - Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group
“Public Service: It’s Personal” - Kriste Jordan, Senior Advisor, Office of Security Technology, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security
“Consider – Harnessing Reflective thinking in Government” - Daniel Patrick Forrester, Author, “Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization”
Creating Change in Government: When to Hold, Fold and Use the Cards you’ve Been Dealt - Panel
2011 NextGen Breakout Session Topics:
A Framework to Manage Your Career
Building a Network Within and Across Agencies and Sectors
Feeling Non Essential? Tips from Zappos on Delivering Happiness at Work
Gov2.0 Ninja – Proven Tips on Implementing Gov 2.0 in Your Agency
Leading From Your Level – Managing Up & Sideways
Navigating Dunder Mifflin: The Skills No One Teaches You
Never Too Young to Plan – Financial Planning from TSP to Insurance
One Size Does Not Fit All: What It Really Means to Have a Work-Life Balance
Project Management 101: Getting Things Done In Government
Public Sector is Multi-Sector: Tips on Navigating and Managing Across Sectors
Speak Up: How To Be A Great Public Speaker
Wellness at Work: Get Your Erg On!
Working with Political Appointees: The Political Dimensions of Public Service
Just got this suggestion via email
Good afternoon. Two items that might fit well in Summit 2012 are 1. How to running an effective and efficient meeting and 2. Critical Conversations: Communicating when the stakes are high (and/or communicating technical information to a non-technical audience)
From Facebook - The concept involves participants taking an online assessment whose results show you information about your thinking and behavioral preferences. The class we teach, which can be a full or half day helps folks understand their results and how to use them to create effective and efficient organizations and teams. Really cool stuff. www.emergenetics.com
Forgot to mention this in the email Steve ... You should consider Bob Chartier from the National Manager's Community here in Canada. More info on Bob here:
Here is a great article he wrote about storytelling:
He is a friend of mine and I can get you connected to him if you'd like. It takes some doing because he isn't all that technologically inclined.
Here are ideas I've received via email:
- I'm sure attendees would be interested to hear in new guidance, direction out from OMB/OSTP on web strategy and policy. Also living in a reality of even smaller budgets and uncertainty, how to operate and maximize on opportunities that present.
- Do as much as you can to promote sustainability in planning and carrying out the event.You guys did such a great job with cutting edge technology and content that was relevant to the Next Gen in Gov - but how about also promoting Triple Bottom Line for Government and demonstrating your commitment to minimizing environmental impact and promoting social awareness - something many feds I believe are passionate/concerned about.
- I teach people how to maintain balance through nutrition, physical activity, relationships, and creativity/spirituality. As a former fed I know that sometimes it's hard to feel like you can get everything you want out of a government career when many things are so restricted and you have to operate in the structure defined. I'd love to speak about how to find that balance and get the most out of your federal career while staying healthy and productive. Another thought is that I could possibly offer 30-minute health&wellness strategy sessions at the conference during breaks.
Topic Suggestions -
Leading from the Front (www.leadstar.us) Including how to lead from where you are in an organization (and it doesn't have to be from the front!)
Enterprise 2.0 - How to use collaboration tools for successful mission accomplishment - this can be a panel maybe?
I thought that one of the most useful presentations was last year's "Why Congress Matters" presentation. Something similar tailored to the current climate would be beneficial.
Received over email
My agency only teaches new employees what they need to function, not necessarily thrive.
If I were queen for a day, I would require: Diversity training. In my mind this training (preventative) would eliminate a lot of EO complaints(reactive).
Supervisor training (per OPM regulations) (training for everyone, as they have the potential to be a supervisor)
Upward Bound training, to teach how to navigate the system to thrive in your career
I happen to teach a class on my own, outside the federal system called “Transition Strategies”. It was originally designed to teach senior military officers to transition to civilian life after retirement. I’ve also developed a class on supervisory responsibilities.
In the Career area, how about Speed Networking: How to Network to Advance Your Career. A session with instruction and then actually doing. Many times people know how to network online, and how to develop friends, but critical to know how to move this to more professional networking for career search and development.
From an email:
Next Gen should understand that regardless of whether they are a cyber professional or not – there is a level of digital literacy (beyond awareness of cybersecurity, understanding the importance of the underpinning of your daily communication, acquisition, and way of doing business. For example, every CEO receives daily briefings on their production statistics, financial health, etc – but do they receive a daily briefing on the health of their IT Network (to include how much intellectual property may have been at risk, not to mention financials).
Have you already filled out your speaker/presenter lists for the conference?
I think that a session on emerging careers in the Federal Government would be excellent. I'm a Facility Specialist, which is a career that I never considered in college, but it utilizes a great deal of business, technological, and project management skills that many NextGen professionals possess. In light of efforts such as the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 many of the professional organizations that focus on Facility Management are presenting their developmental strategies and certifications as models that government employees can follow to excel in the field.
I'd be willing to speak on this topic. Just get in touch with me.
Feedback from phone:
"Last year I noticed all the presenters had very few words and were mostly pictures. I found it was more entertaining and let me focus my energy on the speaker not the slides. Thus, I changed my presentation style at work to show more pictures and less bullets" - GSA Early Employee Program Participant
Steve, I think these younger employees need training in decision making skills. Young people now are quick to look to the internet for all the answers. The web is a good tool to gather information but it should not make your decision for you. They need to learn to figure some things out on their own. Believe it or not, you can't believe everything you read on the internet.
Sound decision making comes from experience. The problem shouldn't be framed around the fact that young people are going online to make decisions, it should be centered on how to follow best-practices or how to gain the experience necessary to make effective decisions. The web is a great resource, but nothing can beat being empowered by your employer. Empowerment is training and experience, combined with an authority to make decisions. I'd say both older employees and younger employees could benefit from a session that merges these two aspects.