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Charismatic Leadership: Be Present and Alert

The man was looking me in the eyes as I explained the situation to him but his eyes told me he was miles away. He was not present in our conversation even though he was standing right in front of me. Where was he? Was he still in the meeting that just ended? Was he thinking about his next appointment?…

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Added by Karla Brandau on April 16, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Calling All Writers: Enter the GovLoop Featured Blogger Challenge!

At GovLoop, we pride ourselves on our community. There are over 120,000 of you — government employees, industry partners, and knowledge experts — who are extremely engaged. You comment on nearly a thousand posts and discussions each month. You talk to each other in the comments about your experiences, dreams and tips. You share your ideas, and…

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Added by Catherine Andrews on April 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

How's Your Work-Life Balance in Today's Digital/Mobile World?

Today’s increasing reliance on new and evolving information technology in employment has given new meaning to the term …

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Added by David B. Grinberg on March 30, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

What's After Facebook?

Nextdoor  (city link) is a promising alternative web-based communications opportunity for local governments and other agencies with physically localized or contiguous client populations. 

Where Facebook taught us to talk to people all over the world who we will never meet,…

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Added by Gail Griswold on March 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

I'd Rather Be A Fool

You could say that Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was a Jewish self-help guru. He taught that one must avoid depression at all costs, even if it meant acting silly. Depression was distance from the Divine. Which was death to a Jew.



Breslov was a serious person. He knew the law. He starved himself, too, and regularly walked alone in the woods. His devotion was extreme and ascetic.



Still, he took the people as they were and loved them. He could handle the heavy stuff. They could… Continue

Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on March 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

So what did Govcamp ever do for us?

Its easy to pick holes in most things and I am pretty good at doing it myself.

Indeed it is also easy to find fault with Govcamp and the unconference format; and I can certainly see some things we can improve on regarding organising the event.

However that does sound a bit odd ‘organising an unconference’ but the thing I did learn from Govcamp is the amount of work that goes into finding the right kind of venue at the right kind of cost (even if venue is free…

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Added by Nick Halliday on January 27, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

#BridgeGate – Is Chris Christie Showing Strong Leadership?

Is Chris Christie showing strong leadership in the wake of #BridgeGate? Or is he just a bully? Anyone who has crossed the George Washington bridge from New Jersey into New York knows first-hand how challenging it can be.  Lots of cars, flared tempers – and that’s on a good day.

So imagine if you found out that the reason it took you …

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Added by Scott Span on January 21, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments

Government's Communication Challenge or Opportunity?

By Megan Bensatte

Communicating with the Public: A challenge for government

If you work in government communications, you know that we often have a hard time getting our message across to the masses. While our concepts start off simple enough, the end product is weighed down with technical jargon, lawyer-like speak and far too many words.

Why…

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Added by ASPA on January 16, 2014 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Leading a Team to Perform

There are few jobs today that allow a person to work autonomously. Certainly in government there are many examples of jobs that are interdependent. Even at its most basic level, the branches of government must work together to pass a bill into law. Teams are important. As important as teamwork is in government and business today, working on a team is not always easy, and leading a team successfully can be downright difficult. When it does work, a…

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Added by Amber Hansen on January 9, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Picking out the bright spots in the Best Places to Work Survey - plus your weekend reads!

We get it, the numbers from the latest Best Places to Work in the federal government are grim. Government wide satisfaction is down to 57% the lowest score in the 10 year…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on December 20, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments

Best Places to Work Numbers Are Out - How Can Gov Get Its Mojo Back?

The 2013 Best Places to Work data present a disturbing picture of federal employees throughout the government who are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs and workplaces. Government-wide, the federal employee job satisfaction and commitment level dropped for the third year in a row, tumbling 3 points to a score of 57.8 on a scale of 100. This represents the lowest overall Best Places to Work score since the rankings were first launched in 2003,…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on December 19, 2013 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Having Fun and Becoming More Effective When Doing Impromptu Public Speaking

On Thursday, November 21, SPICE Toastmasters heard from a dynamic speaker -- 2013 District 27 Table Topics Winner Clarence Featherson!…

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Added by Bernetta Reese on November 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

NASA: LADEE Probe's Laser Hits 622 Mbps of Data Speed

An experimental communication system on board a NASA lunar probe has used laser pulses to send data back to Earth at speeds of up to 622 megabits per second.

The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system also works to transmit data at 20 Mbps between a ground station located in New Mexico and the spacecraft in lunar orbit, NASA …

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Added by Ross Wilkers on October 23, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Healthcare.gov - 3 Tips for Improvement with Clay Johnson

Last Tuesday the Obama Administration unveiled healthcare.gov.  Affordable Care Act mandated the Department of Health and Human Services to build an online exchange, or Internet store, to let uninsured consumers compare and buy plans offered by private insurance companies.

But almost immediately problems started to pop…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on October 9, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Inspire ideas through constant learning

I think something that you have to do if you want to continue to improve is you need to continue to learn. You have to continue to find new opportunities whether those things are books, training courses, or reading newspapers; just anything that exposes you to new ideas.  Something that’s been nice about…

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Added by Joshua Millsapps on September 12, 2013 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Four Approaches to Crowdsourcing

Is this a Golden Age for citizen involvement in government?  As dismayed as some may be with the political process, there are growing opportunities for meaningful engagement in many areas, thanks to growing social media tools and a willingness to participate by many ordinary people.

 

Gavin Newscom is California’s lieutenant governor, and was formerly the mayor of San Francisco.  He is a huge advocate of the use of technology to engage citizens, which he describes…

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Added by John Kamensky on August 19, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments

4 Things That Keep Employees Loyal

The average person will hold over 11 jobs in their lifetime. That number only increases when you look at millennials. Of course, there are varying reasons for this trend. But one that can't be overlooked is employee loyalty, or lack of loyalty in many cases. Many times, people assume the organizations with the most money have the highest rates…

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Added by Amy DeWolf on August 15, 2013 at 10:26am — 6 Comments

Why Simple Is Powerful

Can you name one piece of legislation that you fully understand? Can you really say that you understand the nuances of any major news story? How about your agency or company – do you have a pretty good grasp of how it works, and where it’s headed in the future?



For most of us, the answer is no. Not because we are lacking in information. Rather it’s because we’re drowning in it. And we cannot sift the valuable stuff from the crap.



In the age of more words, more…

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Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 1, 2013 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

The Power Of Hello





Saturday Night Live screenshot via…
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Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Department of Crazy

Meltdown of the day: Apparently a woman did not have an appointment at the Apple Store and really needed to have that appointment. Or perhaps a therapy appointment.

It is hard to watch this video (click on the…

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Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 23, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

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