Feedback is not easy for most people. Learning to give it constructively and receive it gracefully are two skills that can make difficult situations much less so. Getting in the habit of asking for feedback is also important. You should be soliciting feedback from your direct reports, or letting them know that you are interested in hearing what they have to say.
Giving constructive feedback takes some thought. You must consider the impact to the person. It seems simple but the words…Continue
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Government is known for many things—but innovation typically is not one of them. That doesn’t mean it’s not happening, though. In fact, throughout the country there are people in and around government thinking outside the box and bringing innovation to their communities. These new ideas are helping to bridge technology gaps, increase…Continue
Added by Amy DeWolf on April 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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?…Continue
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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…
Today’s increasing reliance on new and evolving information technology in employment has given new meaning to the term …Continue
Where Facebook taught us to talk to people all over the world who we will never meet,…Continue
Added by Gail Griswold on March 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nick Halliday on January 27, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Scott Span on January 21, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments
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.
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…Continue
Added by Amber Hansen on January 9, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 20, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments
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,…Continue
On Thursday, November 21, SPICE Toastmasters heard from a dynamic speaker -- 2013 District 27 Table Topics Winner Clarence Featherson!…Continue
Added by Bernetta Reese on November 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on October 23, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Joshua Millsapps on September 12, 2013 at 2:23pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Kamensky on August 19, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments
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…Continue