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6 Ways to Build Resiliency: Improve Yourself and Your Workplace

Beth A Payne, Director of the Office of Children’s Issues at the Department of State, knows a thing or two about resiliency. As a Foreign Service Officer, she traveled from Senegal, to Rwanda, to Israel and Kuwait.

But Beth left Baghdad, Iraq, a different person. Her experience left her weak and troubled. Payne suffered from low resiliency with sleeplessness, anxiety, and a different temperament.

However, Beth didn’t falter and she refused to quit. Her diagnosis…

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Added by Drew Doggett on July 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Help Yourself by Helping Others

Yep.  It’s true.  To be a better leader, you need to be a mentor.

We talk often about the mentee from why an employee might benefit from having a mentor and how to structure the mentoring relationship to formalizing (or not) a mentoring program in your organization.

We measure how the mentee grows, takes on more projects, performs better or “out…

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Added by Ken Boxer on July 24, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

NextGen Keynote - Having It All: Lessons from the Frontlines

The next two days we'll be blogging from the Next Generation of Government Training Summit. Follow along @NextGenGov and read more blog posts here.



"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It is the way it is.

The way you cope…

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Added by Dorothy Ramienski Amatucci on July 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Federal Agency Hiring – Steps to Better Candidate Assessment

Even before President Obama’s 2010 initiative to remove the obstacles in the federal government’s antiquated hiring process, agencies’ HR departments looked for ways to improve the assessment process to enhance both the applicant experience and the agencies’ chance of identifying top talent. With the OPM’s…

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Added by Joe Abusamra on July 24, 2014 at 8:41am — No Comments

Innovation in Ageing Challenge launched by SA Office for the Ageing and TACSI

Coming hot on the heels of the VicHealth Physical Activity Innovation Challenge, the South Australian Office for the Ageing in the South Australian Department of Health has partnered with TACSI (The Australian Centre for Social Innovation) to launch an Innovation in Ageing Challenge.



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Added by Craig Thomler on July 24, 2014 at 3:26am — No Comments

Some of the Best Federal Employee Discounts You Can Get

There are few people who wouldn’t mind saving a dollar here or there, and a number of companies offer federal employees discounts on a variety of essentials, from computers and cell phones to flights and hotels. But the best advice? Before you buy something, ask if a discount is available for federal employees—the worst you can hear is “no.”

 

Below is a list of some of the best federal employee discounts out there. But take note, there are many additional discounts available…

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Added by Heather Kerrigan on July 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Write for Social Media like Hemingway Would

 

Let’s be honest, most public service organizations (PSO) are bad at writing. Really bad. Our texts are too long, full of jargon or overly erudite words (point in case). We wrote badly for the web and now we write badly for social media. We write press release with 4 line titles that say next to nothing. You can see the terror in their eyes when you tell a public service employee they have to put something in 140 characters. They will…

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Added by Alain Lemay on July 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Six Tips for Recruiting Millennials

Did you know that Washington, D.C. is the best city for college graduates to start a career? It’s true. A company named NerdWallet has crunched data related to the presence of educated peers, income, affordability and strength of the local workforce. While the cost of living is high, Washington came out on top because of its strong…

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Added by Liam Ackland on July 23, 2014 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Further reflections from LocalGovCamp and about LocalGovDigital

As you can tell I’m all for imaginative blog post titles :)



Anyway what I would like to reflect on is how I believe LocalGovDigital became more real, more present, more about the network and collaboration as opposed to the steering group at LocalGovCamp and how through the conversations at the open steering group I realised we had finally achieved what we needed to in order to make real and…

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Added by Carl Haggerty on July 23, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Best Practices in Stakeholder Engagement for Federal Government

It’s always been true that public sector agencies need to engage with citizens and stakeholders to achieve mission goals. But never has that fact been truer than in today’s digital information economy. Maintaining a constant presence in people’s lives is simultaneously much easier through new digital…

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Added by Adrian Pavia on July 23, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Learning How to Lead in the Front Office

Young Government Leaders (YGL) and GovLoop present the NextGen Public Service Awards for superior public service and achievement. The 4th Annual NextGen Public Service Awards will be given at the 2014 NextGen Award’s Ceremony, which will kick off the NextGen Training Summit on July 23rd in Washington, DC. We have 18 finalists in six different categories. All month long we will be introducing you to the…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on July 23, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

Empowering citizens, 100%: spreading the word about NY's paid sick leave law

On Wednesday, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs hosted a day of outreach to inform commuters about the new Paid Sick…

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Added by Genevieve Gaudet on July 23, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

How to Write for Short Attention Spans

It’s no secret that people’s attention spans are shrinking, and shrinking fast. According to recent studies the average person’s attention span is now only 7-8 seconds long. That means you have roughly eight seconds to grab your stakeholder’s attention and engage them enough to get your message across so they can take action. With messages piling up in your stakeholders’ inboxes, it’s more important than…

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Added by Mary Yang on July 23, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

Big ideas: sustainable solutions for smart cities

Last night, we braved the rainstorm and attended the Big Ideas for Smart Cities, Sustainability talk hosted by Arup…

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Added by Genevieve Gaudet on July 23, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

Managing Digital Era Risks: Social Media Policies and More

Managing risks is part of the cost of doing business, and managing them well can be a competitive differentiator, in both the economic marketplace and the war for talent. A relatively small percentage of organizations have addressed Digital Era risks in a meaningful way, however. This post provides an overview intended to help organizational leaders understand some of the challenges and…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on July 23, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

Awesome Web Sites and Apps -- in 12 Easy Steps

A Practitioner’s Guide to Usability Testing, Information Design and Content Strategy for Web Site and Web Application Development

Developing Web products (sites or applications) is a challenge because you must satisfy many masters. Senior management wants it done yesterday. Developers want to add as much cool stuff…

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Added by Chaeny Emanavin on July 23, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Is It Time For An Attitude Check?

I recently had a long conversation with a childhood friend whom I haven't seen for almost five years. She's had a rough go of life, so it was fantastic to hear how well she was doing – and how much of a positive shift her life had taken. 

She told me she'd been meditating daily, and that she'd come to realize that everyone gets to choose his or her own perspective. You can surround yourself with negativity and choose to have a negative outlook…

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Added by Jessie Kwak on July 23, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

VicHealth launches Physical Activity Innovation Challenge

VicHealth appears to be one of only a few agencies across Australian state and federal governments that has made a solid attempt at introducing public challenges as an adjunct to traditional policy approaches.



While most governments in Australia still use the same techniques for policy creation that they've used for 80 or more years, after the success of last year's…
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Added by Craig Thomler on July 23, 2014 at 12:56am — No Comments

Coming Together To Work Faster, Smarter

Young Government Leaders (YGL) and GovLoop present the NextGen Public Service Awards for superior public service and achievement. The 4th Annual NextGen Public Service Awards will be given at the 2014 NextGen Award’s Ceremony, which will kick off the NextGen Training Summit on July 23rd in Washington, DC. We have 18 finalists in six different categories. All month long we will be introducing you to the…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on July 22, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Transportation Security: Back to the Future

 

Reprinted from The Hill

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued directives for expanded  passenger screening at airports as a result of the turmoil and new threat  intelligence coming out of the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq. DHS  Secretary Jeh Johnson said that he's told the Transportation Security  Administration…

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Added by Chuck Brooks on July 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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