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A Fantastic Voyage – Public Private Partnerships Take Off

There is a pocket of space where the government and industry are working together – and doing it well. Seriously. This is not one of my (always very funny) jokes. 

Collaboration really is at work between federal employees and their industry counterparts. The great news? The partnerships are totally above board. Every year the American Council for Technology and…


Added by Emily Jarvis on April 23, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

10 Signs Your Change Initiative Stands A Chance

Change initiatives are notoriously prone to failure. As an employee you want to learn how to be a weathervane. Which way is the wind blowing? How do we make the most of good weather, and set the damage from a thunderstorm right?

You also want to know what a good mix of positive…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on April 22, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Best Tool

Starting a company?

Selling a company?

Trying to resolve a thorny problem?

Trying to UNDERSTAND a complex problem?

Make a list.

Seriously, start writing a list. In the last two days I’ve been amazed how half a dozen impasse situations were improved by somebody writing a list.

Now because I’m a hotshot consultant, let me improve on…

Added by Dick Davies on April 22, 2014 at 7:35pm — No Comments

The Rise of Data - Plus the 7 Gov Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • Open data is no longer just a fad. We’re now living in a world that demands government data be open to the public. So how can agencies cope? Last year the Sunlight Foundation came out with their Open Data Policy guidelines. The goal of the…


Added by Christopher Dorobek on April 22, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Structure in Threes: Budgeting and Planning -observations and muses

The beatings will continue until moral improves, or so goes the typical planning cycle each year.  Although being an observer of the process in many enterprises for 30 years and a unwilling participant at times, I would classify these activities as anything but planning.  These are more like the High School Senior Prom with all the politics and drama leading up to the final ceremonies.  Management spends hours of their as well as staff time building a case to justify their groups existence…


Added by Brian K Seitz on April 22, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments

Taking Stock

iStock_000006626473Small Did 2014 start off with a roar or a whimper in your organization?

Here we are, one quarter down, reports on the health of the organization piling up on your desk. How was it? Was this the kickoff quarter to a profitable year, or are year end goals falling further away?

When you…


Added by Ken Boxer on April 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is Sleep for the Weak?

       Sleep is more important than many employers give it credit for. Follow these tips to see how you can sleep better.

“We live in a 24/7 world. There are plenty of people willing to work evenings and weekends. If you can’t cut it, there are…


Added by Sam Ashe-Edmunds on April 22, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Celebrating Genius As A Form Of Diversity

A lot of companies talk about innovation, but few are prepared for dealing with actual creative people. They hire for uniqueness and then complain that unique…

Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on April 21, 2014 at 7:47pm — No Comments

5 Practical Tips for Managing Your Mobile Device

You have a mobile device in the palm of your hand -- great! But do you know how to use it effectively and safely? Probably not.

It’s bad enough when you leave your personal device vulnerable, but when improper use of a mobile device leads to an enterprise vulnerability, you’re in big trouble. Think WikiLeaks trouble..

When most of us make a mobile device management mistake, though, it’s on accident. These devices are ubiquitous, but security training is not.



Added by Emily Jarvis on April 21, 2014 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Managing Extreme Opinions During Deliberation

We are happy to share the reflective piece below from one of our newest NCDD supporting members, Donald Ellis of University of Hartford’s School of Communication. Donald’s post came via our Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post…


Added by Sandy Heierbacher on April 21, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Data Transparency in Action: New York Opens Up

Have you ever wondered how many traffic tickets New York hands out every year? Or how many health outbreaks affect the Empire State? Now, with Open NY, the state’s transparency and openness initiative, you can. Governor Andrew Cuomo initiated Open NY in 2013 to create “unprecedented transparency across all levels of government.”

Now, about two years into the program, the state is trying to…


Added by Emily Jarvis on April 21, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Health Care Site Flagged in Heartbleed Review - Plus the 7 Gov Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • Have you ever wondered how many traffic tickets New York disseminates every year? Or how many health outbreaks affect the Empire state? Now you can.  Open NY is the state’s transparency and openness initiative. We get a…


Added by Christopher Dorobek on April 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Infographic: 5 Top Tools for Government Tech

Over the past few years, cloud computing has become an increasingly popular technology for businesses around the world because of its ease of access from remote locations - removing the need for locally installed software.

Cloud computing and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tools can be great solutions for local and state-level governments with limited resources, since most solutions are affordable, scale to specific needs and allow employees to access secure data from anywhere. As…


Added by Zach Taiji on April 21, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Schedule Your PMP Exam Today!

You’ve decided that you want to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam, congratulations! You’re taking one of the biggest steps of your career but there is a bit of planning to do and some details to take care of beforehand. First, be sure that you have the qualifications, experience and…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 21, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

Eight Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Your Week

Mondays are hard. We all know that. Gearing up at the start of the week isn't as easy as just having an extra cup of coffee. Sometimes, we need a little something extra to really get back in the workweek groove.

Luckily, I have just the recommendation. Almost six years ago (!)…


Added by Catherine Andrews on April 21, 2014 at 11:07am — 7 Comments

How To Build Powerful Outreach - 3 Part Plan To Success

You’ve done the research. You’ve gotten leadership buy-in. Your government program is set to start helping people. But if nobody knows about it, your program will never make a difference. It’s like if a public health department had prepared thou- sands of…


Added by Emily Jarvis on April 21, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

5 Reasons to Attend Our Cybersecurity Event

Target. LivingSocial. The Federal Reserve.


In today’s environment, every organization is at risk of having its data and infrastructure compromised. For security professionals today, being secure isn’t just about thwarting attacks – it’s also being prepared to react once you fall…


Added by Catherine Andrews on April 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Public Service Recognition Week - May 4-10, 2014

It's amazing to me that there are public servants like myself who don't know about Public Service Recognition Week and/or don't plan to celebrate this week.

The Partnership for Public Service and the Public Employee's Roundtable sponsor this annual celebration of service.

It would be great…


Added by Terrence (Terry) Hill on April 21, 2014 at 8:22am — No Comments

Free online events coming up from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

We’ve got some great activities coming up in the next few months, and I wanted to extend a warm welcome to everybody who works in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement to participate. Our events are not exclusive to NCDD members (though we hope they’d make you want to join!).

Tech_Tuesday_Badge This Tuesday at 2pm EST (11 PST), we have a 1-hour “Tech Tuesday” event with…


Added by Sandy Heierbacher on April 19, 2014 at 11:49am — No Comments

You Are Not Alone – There Are Thousands Of Women In GIS

March was Women’s History Month, what better way to honor women working with GIS in government, education, non-profit and the private sector than by putting them on the map! Dr. Linda Loubert, Assistant Professor at the Morgan State University in US, is attempting to crowdsource a map of women who work in GIS in an effort to highlight potential role models and inspire more women in science, technology,…


Added by Emily Jarvis on April 18, 2014 at 12:43pm — No Comments

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