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Analysis: The End of Government as We Know It

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Sperry Apr 24, 2013. 8 Replies

BYOD vs CYOD

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Peter Sperry commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"@Pam - A few years ago the Corps and the EPA tried to include rain puddles in their jurisdiction. They claimed any standing ground water or area of otherwise dry land which held more than a minimal amount of water for more than 6 noncontiguous weeks…"
Apr 14
Peter Sperry commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"Seems like another full employment plan for lawyers. Courts have an uneven record but in general, agencies which arbitrarily expand there jurisdiction without prior and explicit legislative authority often get reigned in rapidly and painfully."
Apr 13
Peter Sperry commented on Public Sector Retirement's blog post 'Phased Retirement - Has Its Time Come?'
"How does phased retirement work for the next 2-3 rungs on the career ladder?  Will GS-12s to 14s have to wait even longer for those above them to move on?  Will agencies promote aspiring leaders to GS 15 and SES levels while the incumbents…"
Apr 4
Peter Sperry commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'The Thought Police...They Live Inside Of My Head'
"Dannielle -- An excellent post as usual. But I must disagree on two points. 1. The Putin response to diversity of thought should be over in America but unfortunately is still very real. Government at federal state and local level operate entire…"
Mar 15
Peter Sperry liked Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'The Thought Police...They Live Inside Of My Head'
Mar 14
Peter Sperry commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'All Dysfunction Is Actually Functional. That's Why It's So Hard To Fix.'
"Good post.   Economists often point out that what is functional, even utility maximizing, for individuals may be dysfunctional or even critically harmful for the larger society.  It is very functional for individuals to become "free…"
Mar 10
Peter Sperry replied to Terrence (Terry) Hill's discussion 'What's the Best Leadership/Management Book That You Have Ever Read?'
"The most controversial is still hands down the best. -- "The Prince" by Nicola Machiavelli"
Mar 7
Peter Sperry commented on Andrew Krzmarzick's blog post '10 Reasons Why Government Training Is About to Be Completely Disrupted'
"Tyler Cowen over at Marginal Revolution (which sponsors its own MOOC) has repeatedly examined this question and pointed out that what MOOCs may (or may not) lack in inter-action, they more than make up for in reach.  One graduate level Stanford…"
Mar 4
Peter Sperry commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'Which Is Better -- Great Leadership Or Great Management?'
"Which blade of a scissors cuts the paper?   Without leadership an organization wanders directionless in wherever the wind blows it, often moving rapidly but with no real purpose, ultimately achieving little or nothing of…"
Feb 28
Mark Hammer commented on Peter Sperry's blog post 'Why does government divide not unite?'
"Ever break something, and because you need to use it very soon you "crazy glue" it (cyanoacrylate it) and when you try to use it right away, the glue bond fractures, and gluing it again simply doesn't do the trick? Government is…"
Feb 24
Peter Sperry posted a blog post

Why does government divide not unite?

Ukraine, Syria, South Sudan, Venezuela, Iraq, Egypt -- all divided by deadly violence resulting from dissatisfaction with government.Scotland and Catalonia -- two most prominent sub national regions conducting succession referendums based on dissatisfaction with government.Walonia, Basque, Quebec, Tibet, -- most well known regions with active separatist movements.Colorado & California -- states with recent or proposed referendums to separate counties and form new states.Near record levels…See More
Feb 24
Peter Sperry replied to David B. Grinberg's discussion 'What if Gov Hired Like Google?'
"The idea has some real potential -- http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/robots-will-be-smarter-than-us-all-by-2029-warns-ai-expert-ray-kurzweil-9147506.html We would just have to budget for hiring as a slightly different…"
Feb 24
Peter Sperry commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'Workplace Bullying Is A Form Of Domestic Violence, Counsel Victims Accordingly'
"Megan - that has to be one of the most biased, unfounded and insulting attacks on the military I have read in this or any other blog."
Feb 17
Peter Sperry commented on Ryan Arba's blog post 'Why Your Job Search Needs a Blue Ocean Strategy'
"A five paragraph answer to a simple question????  As one of the lead interviewers when our agency recently hired a new analyst, I would have (and did) tune out any answer that long.  Also, sally's response exactly the type…"
Feb 14
Peter Sperry replied to Elizabeth Sullivan's discussion 'Re-org, what is it?'
"Successful reorganization = 60% planning + 30% communication + 10% implementation - in that order. Unsuccessful reorganization = 10% implementation + 30% confusion + 60% recrimination - in that order. Most reorganizations are unsuccessful."
Feb 9
Peter Sperry commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'Toss the Bad Apples, Save the Strategy'
"Agreed, but what do you do about the bad apples?"
Feb 8

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Why does government divide not unite?

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:13am 2 Comments

Ukraine, Syria, South Sudan, Venezuela, Iraq, Egypt -- all divided by deadly violence resulting from dissatisfaction with government.



Scotland and Catalonia -- two most prominent sub national regions conducting succession referendums based on dissatisfaction with government.



Walonia, Basque, Quebec, Tibet, -- most well known regions with active separatist movements.



Colorado & California -- states with recent or proposed referendums to separate counties and… Continue

Why do change agents resist change?

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 9:20am 1 Comment

I've have been noticing a trend among "change agents" in the federal government lately.  They are often the very people dragging their feet and resisting to their last breath compliance with policies and procedures to actually implement real change.  Contrary to popular belief, most agencies already have policies, procedures etc. to review, approve and implement change.  All you have to do is learn the process, fill in the proper forms, coordinate with those affected, get approval from the…

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First pay your bills, then love your work

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:06pm 0 Comments

Follow this or any other website dealing with profesional life or organizational leadership and you quickly see a common theme of encourging individuals to focus on self actualization, leaders to focus on serving followers and employees to live their passion through their work.  Doing the job, taking responsability for deliverables and earning a living appear to be minor spinoffs that may, or may not, come from the first set of objectives.  All of which I find somewhat amusing since a large…

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Is voting an act of revenge?

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:38am 4 Comments

On Friday President Obama told his supporters "Voting is the best revenge".



I participated in my first campaign by wearing buttons to the 6th grade in 1968, voted for the first time in 1976, volunteered or worked as paid staff in more than a dozen congressional, senate or presidential campaigns, paid close attention to all of the races for the past 40 years, watched every primary and general election debate this campaign season and tried to keep up with as many articles, blog posts,… Continue

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At 8:49am on May 10, 2011, GovLoop said…
Just an FYI Peter... we redid the Bin Lade Forum you commented on and deleted that post but I have moved your comment over to the new post. Thanks!
At 10:08pm on August 22, 2009, Darryl Perkinson said…
Peter:

Welcome to GovLoop! Please take the opportunity to visit the Federal Managers Association group and our website at www.fedmanagers.org to view our mission and advocacy agenda.

R/
Darryl Perkinson
President, FMA
At 7:06pm on August 21, 2009, I.J said…
Hello Peter,

Thank you for joining GovLoop. Please introduce yourself, read our top 10 tips, check out our top groups, invite your colleagues , and let me know if you have any ideas on making GovLoop even better.

Sincerely,
I.J Ezeonwuka
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