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Your Digital Journey Starts Here

Originally Posted on Comm2Point0. By Dave Worsell, Director of Government Solutions at GovDelivery Europe.

Every journey starts somewhere.  The easier the first step the faster it…

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Added by Mary Yang on July 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

7 Reasons To Love – and Embrace – SlideShare

Most people have heard of SlideShare, but they probably don't realize how powerful and diverse the platform is, or the important role it can play in their content marketing and digital engagement efforts. This post offers seven reasons for taking another look and considering an upgrade.

According to…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on July 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

How James Heller Became President

He is not a real President of course. But as I watched the "24" season finale I learned much about what makes a person the kind of leader people would give their lives for.

Heller is not a technical expert. He's not a military guy. He isn't aggressive. In fact he's losing his mind to Alzheimer's. But he has the people's loyalty anyway. Here's why:

1) He delegates.

Heller does not pretend to know Jack Bauer's tradecraft (the ins and outs of…

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Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 17, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments

Aren't We Friends?

One of the most unethical things a person can do is pretend to be friends with another person, just to use them, gain unfair advantage, or even stab them in the back.

But it happens all the time - it's accepted - and it's even considered a career skill: "professional networking," "climbing the ladder," "learning how to play the political game."

I am fascinated and repulsed by this behavior. Fascinated because it's a skill, it works and it's tempting to want to…

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Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 16, 2014 at 7:20pm — No Comments

DorobekINSIDER Live: How Data is Changing the Face of Citizen Engagement

A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! We meet every month with the simple idea, get smart people together and share ideas because we believe that the real power of information comes when it is shared.…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on July 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Passing the Torch to the Next Generation of Government Workers

Just before my 24th birthday, I landed what I thought would be a great government job. My boss was a long time public servant. She had worked hard for the government for her entire career and was proud of her service. I quickly learned that she believed in traditions, in doing things by the book, and that I…

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Added by Amber Hansen on July 16, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments

The Art of Fishing in Client Relations

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll never go hungry.” Is it really that simple? This often overused adage is applicable both for our peers (federal consulting firms) and our clients (government agencies). In an era of slashed budgets and contract insourcing, how can we teach clients to fish while still maintaining a competitive edge?

More often than not, clients hire consultants to help their organization accomplish a task that they may…

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Added by Jennifer Lemmert on July 16, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Social Media Monitoring and Listening for the Public Sector

 

The other day I was at the local outdoor market and I walked passed a man impeccably dressed in a white suit and tie, standing on a wooden crate. The man, from his makeshift pulpit, was sermoning passersby on the need to repent their sins given the imminent end of days. While many looked on briefly, some even taking selfies in front of the man, no one really paid any attention to what he was saying, other than to for the occasional…

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Added by Alain Lemay on July 16, 2014 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

Five Annoying Coworkers – And How To Deal With Them

We've all been on our way to refill our coffee cups when we notice a certain coworker is there already – and we retreat to our desks on the double.

Everyone has a person or two in the office that he tries to avoid. Maybe they're too negative, maybe they're too needy, maybe they're a…

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Added by Jessie Kwak on July 16, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Changing Government’s Perception on Cloud Computing

GovLoop's recent guide, How Cloud is Reinventing Government, explores the how cloud is helping agencies unlock innovation and improve service delivery. The report includes four government case studies, best practices and insights from industry leaders. Below is an excerpt from our guide.…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 16, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Confessions of a Government Man – Revisited

Four years ago I posted my first GovLoop blog, shortly after the publication of my book of career memoirs. Of the 49 blogs I’ve posted in total, the first was one of the most popular. GovLoop has grown geometrically since then so I thought I would repost it as number 50 with just a few minor updates.

 

I always add a qualifier. Although I poke fun of a few and offer tongue-in-cheek commentary, I was very serious about my career and loved every minute of my government…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on July 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Add Usability to Any Project

The secret to usability is not brilliant design. Even the most talented designers have difficulty being creative on…

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Added by Chaeny Emanavin on July 16, 2014 at 7:12am — No Comments

7 Tips to Make the Most of Your Thrift Savings Plan – No Matter Your Age

Are you saving like you should? Our tips below will help you out, no matter where you are in your public sector career.



I happened to be in a government building in Texas last week when I noticed a sign encouraging active participation in a retirement…

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Added by Heather Kerrigan on July 16, 2014 at 7:10am — No Comments

Celebrate Your Social Media Successes, But Don't Forget Community Trust is the Key

In June Baltimore Police Department hit a milestone on Twitter, reaching 50,000 followers.



In celebration of this, they released the following video, reflecting the department's achievement and thanking the community for helping them make Baltimore's streets safer.





It is an awesome video and I totally support and respect organisations celebrating like this. It's important for staff to recognise when their organisation has done well and share in the…
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Added by Craig Thomler on July 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Rock on, Q4!

“Hey Sisyphus. That’s some rock you’re pushing up the hill!”

Don’t you just feel like that some days?  Pushing a rock up hill, hoping it doesn’t roll back down on you?

Just to clarify, in the original myth, Sisyphus was condemned for eternity to push a boulder up the hill and having it roll down, just before it reached the top.  According to Greek mythology, this punishment…

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Added by Ken Boxer on July 15, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

How to Change the Course of Your Career

Where are you going with your job? Do you know what you expect from your job as a foundation for your career aspirations? Sometimes the first job after college is the one we may stick with because it meets a certain need. Fast forward five years later and you realize that your world or…

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Added by Tracey Batacan on July 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Using Data to Improve Citizen Services - Plus the 7 Gov Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • We depend on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect our health by providing information and regulation for drugs and medical devices. But sometimes when times get tough, the FDA needs to depend on someone as well. Marcia Crosse, Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the Healthcare team, is that pillar. She believes that the…

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Added by Christopher Dorobek on July 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Keeping You Safe - Protecting You Against Bad Prescription Drugs

We depend on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect our health by providing information and regulation for drugs and medical devices. But sometimes when times get tough, the FDA needs to depend on someone as well.

Marcia Crosse, Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the Health Care team, is that pillar. She believes that the role…

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Added by Drew Doggett on July 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Esri Plenary Session: 10 Things You Need to Know

I'm out in San Diego this week covering Esri's annual User conference. I've got a few more posts coming out this week, but here is a quick post on the need to know information from the Plenary session. 

 

My Top 10 Take-Aways from GIS Plenary Session

  1. GIS continues to touch nearly every vertical of society, helping…
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Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How GIS Enables Us to Become Architects of Our Future

This week Esri is challenging GIS professionals to be architects of our future

This week Esri, the global leader in GIS software, is hosting their 35th Users Conference in San Diego. Over 16,000 GIS professionals have come to the…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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