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Working on You in Your People Garden

Guess who is at the very center of your People Garden? YOU! As with my first blog, this is about your People Garden work style. It is that time of the year where it is time for all of us to start our self-assessments for our Performance Appraisals. This whole concept has been ingrained in me since my…


Added by Eva Fulton on September 12, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Polishing your Political Savvy

One of the most important elements of career progression is successfully navigating the organization. The ease in which one does this – political savvy – can often make or break a career.


Acquiring political savvy is a process of observations and modeling behaviors that are accepted and expected. It is also about making strategic connections and building trust.

There are however, some specific targets to focus on when developing political savvy.




Added by Kathy Wentworth Drahosz on September 11, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Social Media Screening: Guidance for Individuals and Organizations

Social media screening (aka social screening) has become an almost commonplace recruiting and hiring practice. Employers are “googling” job candidates and searching social networking sites as part of their pre-employment background checks, and admissions counselors and coaches are using similar practices to make acceptance decisions about prospective students and…


Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 11, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

NextGen Summit 2014: (Over but not forgotten)~ Recap of Paul Allen's "Build Your Strengths" Session

How much do you bench? Or rather how strong are you? My personal trainer yells these questions at us every Saturday regarding our physical strength, as we struggle to hold onto 30 pound weights while climbing up and down 50 flights of stairs. But when you really think about it, how would you respond to your boss if they asked you what your strengths are in terms of your attributes and how could they can contribute to the work. As a volunteer for the conference, I was happy to learn that… Continue

Added by Tyra Stewart on September 10, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

How To Get People To Like You

“The greatest good you can do for another is not to share your riches but to reveal to him his own” - Benjamin Disraeli


Before diving right into how to land your dream job, let’s do some internal work first.


According to psychologist Sidney Jourard, 85 percent of your success in work is determined by your attitude and…


Added by Meiko Patton on September 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

The Principle of Authority

“When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen”. Check out this YouTube video.  I’m sure you've seen commercials where a doctor, dentist, athlete or a…


Added by Anthony Tormey on September 9, 2014 at 10:45am — No Comments

September - A Great Time to Update Your Resume!

Here are 3 reasons why September is a good time to update your resume!

  1. Its nearly time for your annual performance review and you want to position yourself or a raise.
  2. One of your contacts approaches you with a great job opportunity and needs your resume, now!
  3. You learn that your job is in the re-organization, or you are on the RIF list.

What you should include:

  1. Your accomplishments…

Added by R. Anne Hull on September 9, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

What Gordon Ramsay Has Taught Me About Personal Branding

So I might as well say it: I have a man-crush on Gordon Ramsay. And in case you hadn’t noticed, the guy is everywhere. Whether it is TV, commercials, events, or new restaurants (you remember he is actually a chef, right?), you can’t escape him. Some are turned off by his screaming and famously short temper, but I see something different. I see a guy who is truly caring,…


Added by Kevin Richman on September 9, 2014 at 9:15am — 4 Comments

Mentoring a New Employee? Here are the Most Important Tips to Get You Started

At various levels the federal government, there are structured, comprehensive career development (or mentoring) programs, like the Presidential Management Fellowship Program. Your agency might have its own version, but mentoring can be far less informal and structured, so long as it benefits both sides.


If you are considering becoming a mentor to a new employee, or if you have been asked to do so, here are some tips to get you started:


  1. Consider what type…

Added by Heather Kerrigan on September 9, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

12 Unexpected Core Strength Exercises for Leadership

The core of your Leadership Mindset rests on the four aspects of the human experience: the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual aspects. When one of those core aspects is weakened, your Leadership Mindset is unable to support the tactics required to accomplish your mission. Remember that day at work when your brain was fried from trying to figure out the new…


Added by Martha Austin on September 8, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

Mobile Apps: The New Security Breach

Imagine a bright red Lamborghini parked outside of your front door and a sign right next to it screaming “FREE!”


Initial reaction….Score! Secondary reaction……What’s the catch?


With a little bit of healthy skepticism, you might reach the conclusion that the new gift may come with a hidden price tag. Because of the high market purchase price, the value of Lamborghini’s can be measured easily and quantitatively.  But with mobile apps, the relative…


Added by Corinne Stubbs on September 8, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Create a Success Portfolio That Will Win Over Interviewers

By Lily Whiteman, author of “How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job”; speaker on career issues; twitter: @Lilymwhiteman

Although it doesn't say so on the invitation, every job interview is really a Bring Your Own Success Portfolio —BYOSP—event.

What is a success portfolio? A collection of tangible materials that validates your…


Added by Lily Whiteman on September 8, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments

The Introvert’s Survival Guide: Happy Hour

Through the internet, introverts have found a safe haven to counter the extraverted hegemony of the workplace. We have guides for how to care for the introverts in your life,…


Added by Ngiste Abebe on September 8, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Find a Simple Problem - and Fix It

There are a lot of problems out there that need fixing. Some are big, and complicated. Others are quite small, and simple.

Why not try picking one of the small and simple ones, and fix it?

Back in 2007, I started a new job in local government. I was a risk manager! I hadn’t been one of those before.

I needed to write a risk management strategy. So, in the best traditions of local government, I hit Google to find someone else’s that I could, er, take inspiration…


Added by Dave Briggs on September 8, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Cassette Tape Playing In Your Head

There's this movie out on Netflix called "How I Live Now," about a girl who finds redemption through love and hard work. The movie shows her looking in the mirror and thinking about how awful she is.

We've all had those thoughts, and they can seem very natural. But when you see the scenes in front of your eyes, it's striking.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who was…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on September 7, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Are You a Good People Gardener?

Mary Mary Quite Contrary…..How does your (People) garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.

Well this article has nothing to do with the history of torture behind the legacy of Mary Tudor. What I really am referring to has to do with our thinking of…


Added by Eva Fulton on September 5, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Four Ways to Get Ahead in Your Career!

What do you want to be when you grow up? It was a question you were probably asked a lot as a child, but even today, I often think to myself what job do I want when I grow up, when I mature into a “real adult.”


At the earlier stages of our careers, it’s sometimes tough to picture ourselves at the top of the organization. To be the leader. Nevertheless, planning for your…


Added by Emily Jarvis on September 5, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Choosing a Voluntary Demotion

I was sitting in a floor-level seat at the Eagles concert in Los Angeles back in January.  Although I was enjoying myself, I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread.  I had performance reviews (along with my regular never-ending stack of work) waiting for me back in Fort Worth.  

I was promoted to my first supervisory position, a Division Director with the US Department…


Added by Nicole Willingham on September 5, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

A Government Exodus? Are You Leaving Too?

Are you looking out your window and witnessing a government stampede out the doors? Is your office looking empty? Probably. The Office of Personnel Management reported that more than 114,000 people left the federal government last year – mostly through retirements. To give you a better picture, the 114,000 departures is roughly 6.2% of the federal workforce.




Added by Emily Jarvis on September 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

12 Week e-Course: How to Land Your Dream Federal Job

Over the course of the next 12 weeks, I will focus on things you can do to eventually land your dream federal job.

There is a quote by Maxwell Maltz I love it says, “Visualize this thing that you want. See it, feel it, and believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and then begin to build.”

So the first thing you should do is visualize what it is you…


Added by Meiko Patton on September 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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