One quality that made my old project manager both successful and likable was his ability to bring colleagues together to take a break. As a smoker and a Caribou/Starbucks coffee-drinker, my manager, “Roger,” took a few breaks throughout the day. Of course, I’d often join in, but less so for the smoking breaks. I'm not a fan of cigarettes, so here, I advocate for coffee.
In response to my occasional anti-smoking…
Last week, the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) conducted their inaugural 2013 Mythbusting Awards to three Federal agencies for their work in improving vendor communications in…Continue
Added by Jaime Gracia on June 10, 2013 at 9:22am — No Comments
"I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill. Well, it's a long, long journey to the capital city. It's a long, long wait, while I'm sitting in committee. But I know I'll be a law someday. At least I hope and pray that I will. But today I am still just a bill."
Many of us learned about the legislative process while listening to the School House Rock anthem in our elementary classroom. But if you want to take your knowledge of the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on June 4, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Swift, certain, consistent and proportionate - that is the motto of the new probation program making waves in Hawaii. The program - called HOPE - has reduced recidivism by 51% and has been recognized by Harvard University’s Ash Center as one of the ‘Top 25 Innovations in Government.” (See the full list of the Top 25 programs …Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on May 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Turning data into decisions, it sounds obvious but for large organizations compiling, formatting and interpreting vast amounts of data can be almost impossible. But Army Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Saxon and his team have created a system that does just that for the Army. It's called Enterprise Management Decision Support System (EMDS).
For his work Lt. Col. Saxon has been identified as "one to watch" among information technology professionals by…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on May 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
In order to be a great leader you have to be agile and open. Those are two things that don't lend themselves naturally to the Defense Department. The DoD is known for it's hierarchical culture, but that is changing, because the nature of war is changing. Now the DOD is facing opponents without borders or states.
General Stanley McChrystal addressed these and more issues during his keynote presentation at FOSE.
General McChrystal was formerly the Commander…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Mark Braggins on April 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
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
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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
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
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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
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
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 — No Comments