“Emotional intelligence.” The phrase conjures the image of a therapist and a couch, but in reality being more emotionally intelligent you can help relieve stress, help you communicate effectively, help you empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Being emotionally intelligent is one of the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 31, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments
There’s certainly no shortage of global issues these days. In every news story I hear or read, one of the things that strikes me is the lack of communication between the parties.
Issues between two or more parties will always exist. We have different ways of looking at the same issue, different ways of processing information and differences in how we draw conclusions. We certainly have differences in the conclusions we…Continue
Added by Ken Boxer on July 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
If you're working for the federal government, you've likely been asked at some point to create an Independent Development Plan (IDP) that outlines your short- and long-term career goals and how to reach them. Maybe you're even working on one now. Instead of setting it aside, or writing out a few ideas without giving it too much thought, read the tips below. Hopefully, they'll help you recognize how helpful the IDP can be in helping you move up the career ladder.
Added by Heather Kerrigan on July 31, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments
There are three main phases to becoming a digital organization: digitization, digital engagement, and digital transformation. This post offers a lay oriented description and assessment of these phases. The objective is to help leaders who are digital rookies develop a conceptual foundation for understanding where their organizations have…Continue
Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on July 31, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
So yesterday a question came up about brand guidelines. Does anyone have examples, and if so can they share.
There are about a million examples. But they don't necessarily help you build a brand.
The critical first step, and what most organizations can't really cope with, is to think. Just stop, reflect, stop checking the iPhone for a minute, and make decisions that not everyone is going to like.
These are the questions that need to be asked.…Continue
Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 30, 2014 at 7:34pm — No Comments
I’ve been getting calls from reporters who are asking whether President Obama is interested in government management. But a management innovation he introduced in the early days of his administration is finally taking off. Sometimes it takes a few years to find out if a management innovation works.
Added by John Kamensky on July 30, 2014 at 5:05pm — No Comments
We’ve all seen an ambulance racing down the street, sirens blaring, weaving in and out of traffic. But sometimes in the rush to get to the hospital in the fastest way possible another tragedy can strike.
In 2010, a medic, patient and passenger all died when the ambulance driver lost control on an icy road and rolled the ambulance. While the EMT driver survived, those in the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
In the middle of cold winter days, what could be better than making a roaring fire? But you’ve probably been building an inefficient fire. It’s probably hard to start. You have to keep adding logs and moving them around to get good burn. The edges of the logs don’t burn. It takes a long time to get going and you have to keep stoking it. This cuts into your…Continue
Added by Chaeny Emanavin on July 30, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Being a public servant comes with a lot of responsibility. And sometimes that responsibility can be overwhelming. Just think back to the recent government scandals, the GSA conference in Las Vegas or the $16 dollar muffin.
Those errors in judgement seem obvious, but some of the government ethics rules are a little more difficult to follow. Consider a cab home from the office, is it expensable?…Continue
Added by Kimberlie Mosley on July 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
So I know when you hear the word follower, when you hear the word you don’t think of a leader. Well that’s not always true. At the NextGen training summit, Mr. Ira Chaleff states most of us are leaders in…Continue
Added by Kimberlie Mosley on July 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
On September 3, 2014, American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) will be hosting the…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 29, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments
If you’re anything like me, “Orange is the New Black” has taken over your life. The show illustrates the difficult and fascinating life within the walls of a federal prison. The show is fiction, but the cruel world OITNB depicts is sadly often representative of what really happens in federal penitentiaries. But there are those who are trying to make it better. One of those people is FBI…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 29, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments
Several months back I…Continue
Think of a leader you admire. Now, write down 3-5 characteristics of that leader that you admire about the way that they manage and work with others. What are those words you wrote down?
Added by Catherine Andrews on July 28, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments
I’ve been taking a course on innovation on Lynda.com, an online training and learning community. The course, Business Innovation Fundamentals with Drew Boyd, focuses on how to innovate using Systematic Inventive Thinking, a method based on several techniques to innovate on demand.
It has been an interesting course, and one of the elements really caught my attention is the idea of structural fixedness – something that your agency must avoid to drive…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 28, 2014 at 10:42am — No Comments
With guest co-blogger Nikhil Prachand, Director of HIV/STI Surveillance at Chicago Department of Public Health
The HIV epidemic in our nation is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. In Chicago, there are over 25,000 people living with HIV. Approximately 1,000 people are newly diagnosed every year. There are over 50 neighborhoods in which more than 2% of the population is living with the…Continue
Added by Jay Bhatt on July 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
When I started out as a brand consultant one of the most important mantras I heard was "Your brand is your promise." (The other was, "You have a brand whether you like it or not.")
In the commercial world, branding is clearly an activity undertaken for financial gain. Companies portray an image, hope to pay less for the image than what you take away from it, and pocket the difference between the two.
Personal branding is different. It is commonly thought of as…Continue
Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 28, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments
Russell Maltiempo, Project Manager (FDIC)
Emily Doughtry, Special Assistant (EPA)
Lorena Molina-Irizarry, Hispanic Employment Program Manager (HEPM)
Laura Kunkel, Special Assistant at HUD
Steve Ressler, Founder of Govloop (Moderator)
The panelists and their…Continue
We all need it. We all crave it. We all deserve it (well, most of us anyway).
Time away from our jobs and offices, much like us, comes in many shapes and sizes. Some prefer the occasional day off. Some prefer to take a week or two at a time and really disconnect from the office. However you do it, you need to think about it…Continue