BlueLightCamp- the Unconference for emergency responders and those who work with them - is back for a second year.
The Unconference will be on Saturday 27th April, in Manchester, and the Hackathon will be on Sunday.…
Added by Mark Braggins on April 5, 2013 at 9:30am —
I may be shooting myself in the foot here by spreading this around, but word has it that the best innovators aren't Millennials.
Many companies have been trying to create a younger work force, gently (or not so gently) encouraging older employees to retire and leave. The belief is that innovation comes from the newbies, especially when it comes to computers, or anything having to do with technology in general. However, there's proof that the top innovators are actually in the… Continue
Added by Kate M. Long on April 2, 2013 at 2:30pm —
Citizen engagement has traditionally been viewed as citizens participating in community activities such as testifying on policy proposals, budgets, and strategic plans. But government does more than policy and budget. And citizens want to do more than testify or volunteer at the local food bank.
How can governments at all levels engage their citizens in ways that are more meaningful – and fun -- to both the citizens and their community? A series of pioneering… Continue
Added by John Kamensky on March 11, 2013 at 11:35am —
Today is International Women’s Day, a holiday that originated as a way of recognizing working women and promoting fair and safe working conditions. Many women across the globe face the most basic issues with respect to the conditions in which they work. In the US, we are lucky to have made great strides in this area, most recently with the passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. However, we still have a way to go to create the type of work environment that will provide the best… Continue
Added by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on March 8, 2013 at 10:24am —
With Telework Week fast approaching on March 4th and the leaked memo from Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, turning back the clock on workplace flexibility, it seems like a good time to comment on the twin concepts of “connection” and “innovation.” Whatever Mayer’s real motivation for wanting to bring the Yahoo workforce back into the office, her stated goals include promoting the idea that people are more creative when they interact in person, both through formal and unplanned meetings. Is there is… Continue
Added by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on February 27, 2013 at 1:46pm —
The President issued the Cybersecurity Executive Order during his State of the Union earlier this month. But some say the Executive Order doesn't go far enough.
"The Executive Order was unprecedented and very wanted, but it is inherently limited in what it can do. The Executive Order can only tell the entities that are part of the… Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on February 25, 2013 at 1:00pm —
On December 26, 2010 a #snowpocalypse dumped a ton of snow in the NY, NJ, CY tri-state area. In Newark NJ, as a result of the storm, something very cool happened. Mayor Booker's (@CoryBooker) constituents began tweeting request for shoveling at him AND he responded and began digging people out. Cooler than that others started showing up to help him. That gave me an idea.
I started wondering if I could coordinate a crew of neighbors to go out and shovel neighbors in need.… Continue
Added by Joseph Porcelli on February 8, 2013 at 1:00am —
The recent hack of the New York Times made all of us think about the quality (our lack of?) of our corporate and national cybersecurity systems. Luckily, gorvernment and businesses are collaborating to maximize our national cybersecurity. In this article an overview on the methods the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and businesses use to… Continue
Added by David Miller on February 4, 2013 at 9:30am —
Harvard business sage John Kotter writes “We can’t keep up with the pace of change, let alone get ahead of it.” He says the historical success of hierarchical structures “can’t handle the challenges of mounting complexity and rapid change.”
Large companies (and governments) cannot ignore the daily demands of running large enterprises that depend on hierarchy and routines, Kotter observes. These structures and processes work well in stable, predictable environments and… Continue
Added by John Kamensky on January 22, 2013 at 10:49am —
The IBM Center’s newly-released “Next Four Years” Resource Center updates its 2009 Presidential Transition materials for new political appointees. But it offers more in the way of other good government imperatives that will challenge leaders tomorrow.
There are six “go to” topics in the IBM Center’s Resource Center for incoming new political appointees as well as for veteran career… Continue
Added by John Kamensky on January 3, 2013 at 3:45pm —
In the wake of the Open Government Directive issued by President Obama in December of 2009, agencies have been working to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration. However, do we want our National Security Agency (NSA) being transparent about all of their defense tactics and cyber plans?
Does sharing all of this information mean that everyone has access to it? Do we really want potential enemies and hackers to have information… Continue
Added by Heather Young on December 4, 2012 at 10:24am —
Academics don’t always speak the same language as practitioners. But they oftentimes have useful ideas to convey. So how do we bridge the gap between research and practice?
I’ve been asked to participate as a “practitioner” on a discussion panel at the upcoming conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) It is a high-powered conference of top academics from around the U.S. and this particular… Continue
Added by John Kamensky on November 6, 2012 at 10:30am —
A History of Entrepreneurship
As someone who grew up with entrepreneurial parents, I can say without hesitation that there is no job experience that can completely compare with the rewards and perils of such a career path. Although many would prefer to be employed, even employed by large or in the past, bureaucratic organizations, many of those employed in the U.S., as we all know, are employed with small business (using the basic standard of five hundred or less employees). … Continue
Added by Scott Williams on October 30, 2012 at 1:15am —
How do you organize a cross-agency collaborative effort to get results no single agency could accomplish on its own? The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has developed an inventory of “mechanisms that the federal government uses to lead and implement interagency collaboration,” along with a self-assessment checklist to consider when using them.
GAO’s latest study on collaborative governance is based on an… Continue
Added by John Kamensky on October 23, 2012 at 2:33pm —
Way back in the early 1990s during my undergraduate business studies, we began learning about various predicted changes that were going to occur in the structure of leadership throughout corporate America, and all organizations. Sixteen years later in graduate school, I was surprised at the universal nature of most of our experiences: the…
Added by Scott Williams on October 23, 2012 at 1:00am —
Over the last few years, many government organizations have made the switch to the cloud, including GSA, the Department of Interior, the states of Maryland and Utah and cities of Orlando and Pittsburgh. One of the most recent organizations to transition to the cloud is the U.S Holocaust Museum, and they did it all in just 90 days!
Added by Amy DeWolf on October 22, 2012 at 10:30pm —
The Open Government Initiative set forth by the Obama Administration in 2009 requires Federal agencies to take immediate steps to achieve milestones in transparency, participation, and citizen collaboration. Most Federal, state, and local organizations have jumped on the social media bandwagon as a tool for communicating with citizens and making their agency’s goals transparent. However, the average American largely still feels disconnected from large impersonal agencies.
An excellent… Continue
Added by Heather Young on October 16, 2012 at 3:12pm —
While not every effective leader has the giftedness, skillset, mental horsepower or even the desire to be a CEO, many of the core strengths are one and the same. First and foremost, a chief executive who proves to be an effective leader must be a radical visionary. In Steve Jobs’ biography, Walter Isaacson describes visionary leadership as he has for decades,
Some people say, “Give the customers what they want.” But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what…
Added by Scott Williams on October 14, 2012 at 10:00pm —
Innovation and Change, a Historical Perspective
A historical perspective of an organization, as those cited by Willem Mastenbroek from over a decade ago are not only interesting as an evolutionary history of organization and the firm, but also facilitate insight into early management and human behavior. The examples also give a glimpse into what has necessitated change throughout history, motivated change and what facilitated change. In other words, what does… Continue
Added by Scott Williams on October 14, 2012 at 9:30pm —
Recently on the Harvard Business Review, John Coleman posted an excellent article, Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility (help is not on the way) that addresses expectations on the part of executive leadership. I found this particularly interesting because I recently caught myself feeling this very thing being asked, “do you feel stalled on a project?” As I began to work through the current challenge (and snap out… Continue
Added by Scott Williams on October 8, 2012 at 12:14am —