Earlier this month the New York Times website ran an article titled Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain, by Daniel J. Levitin of McGill University. Levitin paints the picture of a balanced brain, with one neural network for focus and one for daydreaming. The two parts are designed to complement each other, with periods of intense focus interspersed with bouts of daydreaming…Continue
Added by Jessie Kwak on August 20, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Retiring from federal service can be as simple as picking a date on a calendar, but there are certain days to retire on that are more beneficial and can ensure you’ll receive the maximum benefit due to you. When you’ve decided that you are both financially and mentally prepared for retirement, there are some key things to consider, which are included below. But use your best judgment—personally, there will be good and bad days to retire—you may have a health condition or you might just want…Continue
Added by Heather Kerrigan on August 20, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments
You're hard-working, dedicated, and good at your job – but for some reason coworkers who've been with the organization for less time are getting promoted before you, and opportunities you thought were in the bag never materialize. Sound familiar?
If you're starting to feel like you're spinning your wheels, it's time to take a good look at your career. Have you fallen prey to one of these five pitfalls?…Continue
Added by Jessie Kwak on August 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
For me, business networking used to mean early morning meetings, a Metro ride into Washington DC, several cups of coffee, lots of face-to-face introductions and a steady exchange of business cards. All told, each networking event required a three- to four-hour investment of time...until I discovered the George Washington University (GWU) LinkedIn Virtual Networking Hour, a monthly speed networking event sponsored by the Office of Alumni Career…
Added by Ira Koretsky on August 19, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments
Added by Drew Doggett on August 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Whether you’re interviewing for an internship or for a job in the Senior Executive Service, your interviewer may ask you that old "What are your weaknesses?" question. But even interviewers who still ask that widely reviled question recognize its limitations. "No one realistically expects to receive brutally honest answers like, 'I'm below-average intelligence and difficult to work with,' " said Heidi McAllister, an environmental educator who has hired dozens of professionals into…Continue
You've probably heard that old saying, "people quit their bosses, not their jobs."
You may even have quit a job or two yourself because of a bad boss, so you know that one of the most important parts of being a good leader is to build trust with your team. They need to trust that you're competent, you'll be fair, and that you have their backs in any situation.
Whether you're new to management in general or…Continue
If you’re considering applying for your first federal job (or if you’re hunting for a new one), don’t plan on using a traditional resume. There are a number of specific things the feds are looking for that don’t usually apply to the private sector. What follows are some tips on how to rework your resume to help make yourself a viable candidate for federal employment. Keep in mind that a lot of the basic rules of resumes still apply. For example, format professionally and make sure it is…Continue
Added by Heather Kerrigan on August 13, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Messages from government leaders can also run the risk of a telephone-esque misunderstanding.
Added by Emily Jarvis on August 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
The state of our bodies and minds can be an accurate barometer of our professional success and personal happiness. When we are healthy, we have high energy and improved mental acuity. We are better able to manage the unexpected events that may come our way and experience a calmer temperament that allows us to interact peacefully and productively with those around us.
Many times work schedules, deadlines and travel can interfere with our commitment to eat healthier and stay in shape.…Continue
Added by Kathy Wentworth Drahosz on August 12, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments
70% of learning is informal, so it's time for managers to think beyond just traditional training programs
On September 3, 2014, American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) will be hosting the…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 12, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Many of us keep our days chock full from sunup to sundown, but in the end we still feel swamped by our to do lists. It's such a common feeling in our society that productivity gurus have made millions selling us books, apps, and systems designed to boost our work output.
The problem with even the most well-designed system is that it often comes head to head against some deeply entrenched untruths we tell ourselves about our work habits.…Continue
The “grey tsunami” was a big topic at my agency a few years back. The expectation was that up to 70% of the agency’s workforce would take early retirement. Massive amounts of tacit knowledge would be lost. In preparation, my team attempted to “crowdsource” the knowledge of the experienced staff. We wanted to convert that tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge. We even got some groups to add “knowledge sharing” as a performance metric for their…Continue
Added by Chaeny Emanavin on August 7, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments
Should I speak up, or is this a dumb idea? Did I do a good enough job on that project? Am I in over my head?
Chances are you recognize that voice. It's the downward spiraling mantra of self-doubt, and almost everyone has had it in his head at one point or another. Self-doubt can make you feel inadequate at work, and it creates a vicious circle – the more doubt you feel, the worse you'll perform, which will just make you feel even more…Continue
Everyone is talking about IT reform – but does anyone know how to implement it? Doesn’t seem like it. It’s like your friend who just learned a new word but constantly keeps using it incorrectly.
Legislators just learned about IT procurement, but don’t have the knowledge to apply it well.…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on August 6, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
But the changing economy has forced management to alter their hiring process in favor of a more strategic one.
Added by Drew Doggett on August 5, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Congratulations! Whether working for the federal government has been a lifelong dream of yours, or you’re here because you needed a job and your new agency was hiring, you’re embarking on a wonderful adventure. Working in the public sector is most often wholly different than the private sector: In government, you are impacting not just the mission of your organization, but citizens across the country. It will be fun, fulfilling, and frustrating all at the same time. To get you started in…Continue
Added by Heather Kerrigan on August 5, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
People are on the move these days.
Maybe they're changing jobs because of a physical move – for work, for a spouse's job, to be closer to aging parents, or just for new scenery. Maybe they got laid off. Maybe they're just looking for a new challenge. Whatever the reason, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2012 that the average worker stays at the same job for only 4.6…Continue
Achieving agency missions becomes harder and more complex every minute. But with a limited budget, many agencies are stuck between the need to deliver new services and the cost of supporting old infrastructure. To break the cycle of dependence on proprietary systems and endless service contracts, agencies need simpler, widely compatible network infrastructure that empowers IT and accelerates mission…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on August 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
“Emotional intelligence.” The phrase conjures the image of a therapist and a couch, but in reality being more emotionally intelligent you can help relieve stress, help you communicate effectively, help you empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Being emotionally intelligent is one of the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 31, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments