The end of the year means two things: setting unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and endless retrospectives. While we can’t force you to put down the cake and pick up a carrot, we can help you do your job better by highlighting some of the biggest and best innovations to come out of government in the last 365 days. Throughout December the DorobekINSIDER will sit down with government experts to talk about the hurdles, wins and challenges in 2013. (…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 6, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
For years now, governments around the globe have been working to bring services online. And this trend has generally resulted in easier access to services for most constituents, which is a good thing. However, when asked, government officials will, more often than not, cite the driving factor to be that of economics, it’s simply cheaper to deliver services online than using the phone or in-person channels. If mentioned at all, ease of access seems to be more an afterthought or an…
We all know that there is no shortage of transformational ideas or exceptional public servants in government, working to improve how agencies operate. IT holds unbelievable promise to streamline processes and change the business of government. Although this potential is clear, we have seen agencies struggle to completely leverage IT. Instead of a gateway to opportunity, IT projects are becoming a burden on government.
How do we change that? Recently…Continue
Added by Kathryn David on December 5, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
This is just the first of an absolutely riveting walk through the events of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks that followed from the perspective of someone who was at the forefront of the nation’s response. It is one of my favorite series ever, and I was honored to be able to host it.
The following is a guest post by Scott J. Becker, MS, Executive Director, APHL. It is also available on the APHL…Continue
Added by Jim Garrow on December 5, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments
Summary: This post highlights the risks associated with public social media platforms and describes how private social networks (aka private digital networks) can reduce those risks while also enhancing communication and collaboration among organizational stakeholders. It counters the main points of resistance offered by organizational leaders and articulates the importance of…Continue
Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on December 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” –Sydney J. Harris
1. Make time for their family and friends
This is especially important if you have to travel to different work sites throughout your work week.
If you are unable to exercise during the week, then you need to take advantage of the weekends.
3. Pursue a passion
There’s nothing more invigorating than pursuing a creative outlet for what you…Continue
Added by Meiko Patton on December 5, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments
The Service to America Medals are the Oscars of public service awards. The annual awards - by the Partnership for Public Service - are given to outstanding public servants. Last year's recipients included a…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi
Added by Meiko Patton on December 4, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments
2013 may very well go down as the year of big data. At every government conference, training, networking summit, someone was talking about how big data was transforming the way their organization operates.
But one program rose above the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 3, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Summary: Although social technology advocates have been calling for the death of email for several years, it's still the dominant digital channel by which people in organizations communicate and collaborate. The role of email in our work lives should be reduced, however, both because of its own inefficiencies and the increased availability of better tools. Effective leadership is the key to…Continue
“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
1. Arrive to work a little before your scheduled time
Arriving to work a little early helps your mindset for the entire day. When you are able to get a jump start on your work day, you are able to navigate your day a little easier.
2.Organize your day
The beginning of your work day is the best time to focus on what you absolutely must get done. Making a checklist is…Continue
Added by Meiko Patton on December 3, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments
MB&A is going virtual
In Yahoo vs. Remote Work I worried that Yahoo might experience some brain drain for the way in which it pulled its…Continue
Ok, a hiring spree might be a bit of a stretch. But the government really is hiring. Despite all the bad publicity, the shutdown, the sequester, the pay freeze, the furloughs, the government really is looking to hire new talent on a daily basis. (You can check out …Continue
When the government shut down in October 2013, employees were furloughed, websites were sent offline, and delivery of important government services was interrupted. These were all difficult consequences for our nation. Yet, the one effect of the shutdown that seemed to foster the most frustration was an unexpected one: the closing of our national parks.
America’s network of national parks represents some of the most beautiful places in the world. The U.S. National Park…Continue
Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on December 1, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
"There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." - Indira Gandhi
In a previous article I wrote, I spoke about the parallels between the city of Detroit and your federal career and how the only way to stand out from the crowd is develop your competitive edge. In this article, I’ll…Continue
Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on November 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
In last week's Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Special Report, President Obama was asked what he has learned from the Healthcare.gov experience. In his response, he focused squarely on federal procurement problems, and particularly on the feds struggle in procuring IT, by stating, “[the] way the federal government does procurement and does IT is just generally not very efficient. In fact, there’s probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than…Continue
Added by Theresa Wilson on November 30, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments