"On Easter Sunday in a small mountain town, the intentionally playful actions of two employees quickly became a worldwide marketing nightmare for a large company franchise. A slow workday at Domino’s Pizza in Conover, N.C. prompted this duo to create videos showing a male sticking cheese up his nose and then putting it on a sandwich that was to be delivered to a customer. His cohort also filmed him partaking in other unsanitary acts with the food and uploaded the videos to… Continue
Added by John Able on August 18, 2009 at 10:23pm —
Next week, I've been asked to host an "IT Quarterly Forum
," a three-hour session of typically senior IT managers around gov't and industry. The subject is social media. I have the privilege of working with two of my Social Media Subcouncil colleagues, Michelle Springer at the Library of Congress and Amanda Eamich at the Dept. of Agriculture.
We're trying to avoid the standard agenda, with one Powerpoint… Continue
Added by Jeffrey Levy on August 16, 2009 at 6:30pm —
I have long subscribed to the belief that our initiatives in the online communication world will eventually change the way the government functions. From our internal capacity to support a robust online environment to providing public servants with the general understanding and toolkit of web tools that can make them more effective, more than any time over the last decade I see the Gov2.0 movement starting to shape the new bureaucracy.
How does an organization this size manage this… Continue
Added by Martha McLean on August 14, 2009 at 3:15pm —
Cross-posted from thegovgurus.com:
10 WAYS TO TELL YOUR BOSS WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU’RE DOING
By Lily Whiteman
Federal Times columnist and author of How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job
As your work projects progress, ask yourself whether your boss knows what you are doing. I mean really knows what you are doing, as in all of the trouble-shooting, barrier-busting and going the extra mile-ing that you do.
Unfortunately many bosses -- taxed to the max and… Continue
Added by GovLoop on August 10, 2009 at 6:08pm —
Yesterday, I posted a forum topic asking about experiences with government-issued Macs
. The responses were great, and very helpful.
The post was prompted by a development at work - I happily volunteered to participate in a 2-week trial period with a MacBook Pro...My desktop PC will be taken from me and replaced with the Apple. I am told that certain apps wont be easily accessible, but if it all goes well, its mine! AND in the interest… Continue
Added by Malena Brookshire MPA, CGFM, PMP on August 6, 2009 at 4:05pm —
Lately I have been thinking a lot about things that get in the way of effective leadership decision making. Two common diversions off the rocky road of decision making are overconfidence and pride. Let’s talk about them.
in decision making is big-time real. Research has found that, when people believe they are 65 to 75 percent confident they are correct about something, they were actually right only about half the time. And when people believe they are 100… Continue
Added by K. Scott Derrick on August 6, 2009 at 7:08am —
Originally published as part of the FEDManager's "Ask Young Government Leaders" series
@govloop: "The arbiters of cool are about to hit the stage." #ogi
In less than 140 characters, @GovLoop - also known as Steve Ressler, co-founder of Young Government Leaders (YGL) and creator of the "Facebook for Government" - used Twitter to announce the impending arrival of the next… Continue
Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on August 4, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Ken Miller (author of "We Don't Make Widgets" and monthly columnist for Governing Magazine) recently wrote an article discussing the impact of Lean in government. With budget constraints and travel restrictions across the board, times are tough for many federal, state and local government agencies. In these times, we need to focus more than ever on the effectiveness and efficiency of government operations and programs. However, instead of looking to improve operations and find those… Continue
Added by Jeffrey Press on August 3, 2009 at 9:32am —
Are you interested in U.S. Government workforce issues (getting a federal job, performance management, leadership development, and so on)? OPM has just posted its DRAFT Strategic Plan
and is looking for comments from people who care.
Added by Kitty Wooley on August 2, 2009 at 12:36pm —
Originally published at the GenerationShift blog
Per this post
from Neil Williams, head of corporate digital channels at the UK central government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), below is a "Template Twitter Strategy for Government Departments." It's a helpful document as… Continue
Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 28, 2009 at 9:25am —
There is a good chance we are going to win a contract that has tremendous personal meaning for me. I can’t disclose it yet, but the odds are in our favor. The project is so significant that it actually sends chills down my spine, makes me choke up, and keeps me up at night when I think about it, because I feel so incredibly blessed to potentially do this work.
Finding this level of meaning in my work is its own gift, independent of the actual project. I can’t imagine doing a job that… Continue
Added by Marissa Levin on July 25, 2009 at 2:31pm —
I was asked to speak on a panel at the Open Government & Innovations conference about GovLoop.
The title of my presentation was "GovLoop - From 0 to 15,000 Members in One Year - 7 Steps to Building a Community"
I need to fully flesh out my ideas but since a few people asked for this information, here we go.
1) Solve a Problem
- We are all busy and there are already a million communities. If you build it, they probably WONT come. Unless it solves a… Continue
Added by GovLoop on July 24, 2009 at 4:51pm —
One recurring theme I heard over the course of the two-day Open Government and Innovation Conference was trust. I believe it was David Wennergren from DoD who recommended Stephen M.R. Covey's book "The Speed of Trust." I haven't read it yet but plan to, because I think the connection between social media and trust is important and deserves further investigation.
Social media is a powerful tool for government, as we heard so many times at the conference, yet many are not quite sure… Continue
Added by Meagen Ryan on July 23, 2009 at 11:12am —
What happens when your boss wants to be your Facebook friend?
Welcome any thoughts on the subject.
Added by Chad Vander Veen on July 13, 2009 at 6:00pm —
A few months ago I came across the work of an intelligent, generous human being in Silicon Valley named Rajesh Setty. He is doing some interesting work at a new site, TH!NKSULTING. I appreciated his recent answer to a question that was posed to him, "I am planning to write a book. Can we brainstorm ideas?" - but think that this post
may be of interest to many more GoovLoopers. Reaction,… Continue
Added by Kitty Wooley on July 12, 2009 at 5:00pm —
The Four “R”s for a PROductive Relationship: The Stress Doc presents a four step, “Four 'R'” communicational guide for building successful “give and take” professional relationships. The Four “R”s are dramatically illustrated in his recent encounter with an ENT surgeon.
Many of us “Boomers” grew up with an alliterative academic mantra as educational foundation, that is, the Four “R”s – Reading, Writing, Rithmetic and Religion. Let’s just say I focused more on the first two “R”s and… Continue
Added by Mark Gorkin on July 12, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Being an IT dweeb, I work an internal Helpdesk occasionally. I’m on the receiving end of a lot of complaints about the websites the web-blocking software blocks. And they all ask me why. Sometimes I can take a good guess. Gambling, porno, hate speech, those are pretty easy to explain, even to upper management. But other sites, even though they can be perceived as time-wasters, should they be blocked? Should we only be blocking the stuff department guidelines specify as illegal, or should we be… Continue
Added by Ed Albetski on June 23, 2009 at 4:26pm —
Cross-posted from my weblog The Design State
There is a very robust and lively conversation about eGovernment being held by government employees online. A lot of great ideas for improving citizen access, transparency and data distribution are being tested and implemented. Unfortunately, there's an even larger… Continue
Added by Adam Harvey on June 21, 2009 at 6:30pm —
i really find Govloop to be helpful and want to know how you use it most effectively in your day?
Added by Melissa Anderson on June 18, 2009 at 4:37pm —
On Tuesday, June 16, I had the opportunity to serve on a panel for the 2009 Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, DC, under the title Next Generation Government. Special “shout out” to moderator Tom Temin of Federal News Radio and fellow panelists Chris Kemp (Chief Information Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration), John Schueler (New Media Director, Department of Energy) and David Thompson (Chief Information Officer, Symantec).
To prepare for my… Continue
Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on June 17, 2009 at 12:30am —