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Innovation and Management Lessons From the Secret Sauce

There are no good ideas or bad ideas....there are only different kinds of ideas that suit different kinds of people.  What kind of lessons for management and innovation can you take from the Secret Sauce?

Added by Candace Riddle on March 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

WARNING: You're About to Be Hit By a BUS!

Well maybe not a bus...

But you are about to be hit by 6 tons of space junk, formerly known as UARS.  The satellite is expected to make impact sometime this weekend.  Impact?  Yes impact.

 

Most of the 6 ton flying chunk of expired scientific junk will burn up on re-entry, but according to NASA there will be several pieces that will be large enough to reach the ground.  No worries though...they have a 71% chance of hitting water (that is how much of the Earth is covered…

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Added by Candace Riddle on September 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Hungry for Hamburger? The Bull Goes Down with U.S. Credit Rating

 

 

For the first time ever the U.S credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poors.  It seems that the political impasse in Washington has acted as a spotlight, on our growing debt problem, to the rest of the…

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Added by Candace Riddle on August 6, 2011 at 10:29am — 4 Comments

Just Say No...But Don't Be a Jerk!

I was scrolling around the WWW and came across a great blog titled The Art of Manliness.  Besides providing great tips on all things manly...from opening doors, to 5 great things to do with a rotisserie chicken...There was a post about being able to say "no".

 

As a young professional, I find it very hard to say "no" sometimes.  However, on the flip side of being the "yes woman" is an individual who is obsessed…

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Added by Candace Riddle on August 1, 2011 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

NGG11 For Dummies: Day One (The CliffsNotes Version)

Today’s #1 Lesson

Getting Big Things Done: Answered by Aditya Kumar, Deputy Assistant to Vice President Joe Biden

Sometimes we are tasked with solving a problem, tackling a BHAG [see below], providing an answer, or managing a project that has never been attempted before.

 

I asked: “When faced with such a task, how do…

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Added by Candace Riddle on July 28, 2011 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Carmegeddon: An Interstate Shut Down of Apocalyptic Proportions

Dear D.C. commuter….you think you have it bad?  Be thankful that you’re not living in Los Angeles this weekend.  In an effort to widen the 405, Los Angeles will be shutting down an 11 mile stretch of the road to widen a bridge from four lanes to six lanes, as part of a $1 billion dollar road widening…

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Added by Candace Riddle on July 15, 2011 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

What Do You Do With Mornings Not Spent in Traffic?

I wasn't sitting in traffic this morning.  I'm convinced that teleworking has alternative health benefits.  Trust me...I'm so much LESS stressed now that I'm not screaming and shouting at the guy that just cut me off on I-495.  And there are more benefits too...the guy behind me that almost suffered a stroke as I slammed on my breaks to avoid hitting the guy that just cut me off...yeah, he's feeling much LESS stressed now too.

 

All joking aside,…

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Added by Candace Riddle on June 7, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

EXCELLENT RESOURCE: A Life in Public Service...How to Manage Student Debt on that Salary

Discovered this resource this morning on YNPNdc's Facebook page!  THANK YOU for posting!

 

Three financial aid resources for people in public service.  Includes a link to Heather Jarvis' new website.  She is an expert in Student Loan Forgiveness for people in public service.…

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Added by Candace Riddle on May 17, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

You Tell Them: YGL Survey for the Pathways Program

Please take a moment to tell the government how to hire.  As our leaders work to develop a new Federal Internship program, your feedback is valuable and can help shape the future.  Help YGL with our research by taking this quick survey.

 

 

Click here to take survey

Added by Candace Riddle on May 10, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

War Dogs: Who Pulls Fido's String?

Here is a great photo essay from Foreign Policy Magazine.   You might have heard that there is specualtion that man's best friend accompanied soldiers during the recent Osama Bin Laden take down.  Apparently K-9's have been hard at work with America's military and even part of the Airborne since the 1930's.

 

So....I hate to state the obvious from the pictures....but who pull's…

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Added by Candace Riddle on May 5, 2011 at 11:50pm — 4 Comments

YGL Govies Gettin Dirty For a Cause: Part II

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...but there are not enough words to describe how wonderful it was to run this race in the company of friends and for the benefit of so many who are facing great adversity.

 

Well you met the team in "Govies Gettin Dirty for a Cause: Part I".  I'm happy to report that we all finished the…

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Added by Candace Riddle on May 5, 2011 at 12:28am — 2 Comments

Lunch Encounters of the Third Kind? How Procurement Can Help!

 

FROM A PROFESSIONAL PROSPECTIVE

I’ve recently began looking into ways that public procurement can purchase goods and services in a more sustainable way.  By sustainable, I mean incorporating the social, economic, and environmental impacts that purchases can have.

As I began to look into this the Farm-to-School program emerged as a…

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Added by Candace Riddle on April 27, 2011 at 11:52am — 6 Comments

Democracy Is FAIR PLAY...Not Furlough!

Democracy is fair play.  Perhaps a lesson that Congress should be learning right now?  It is afterall about compromise, give and take...fair play.

 

I was checking out Kerry Ann OConnor's posting  "I Got Furlough Fever and the only Prescription Is" where I stumbled across this video by Yared Shumete of Ethiopia.  This video was the winner of last year's…

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Added by Candace Riddle on April 8, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

We Defer: Telecommuting Tax Nightmares

In preparing to telework my organization has began to look at the employer's tax liability.  Unfortunately this seems to be a major hang up for telework, and one that the states cannot seem to agree on.  So far each state has defered to the other and the payroll company defers to the tax advisor and the tax advisor defers to the payroll company.  If anyone could please advise or point us towards some resources that would be great!

 

Here is the…

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Added by Candace Riddle on April 6, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

WORLD IN CRISIS: You Can Help!

Earth Hour 2011!  March 26th 8:30 P.M.

 

If you weren't motivated prior to the crisis in Japan, perhaps now is the time to reconsider!  Get on board and join one of the largest voluntary actions ever witnessed that is now uniting the world.…

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Added by Candace Riddle on March 23, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments

YGL Govies Gettin Dirty for a Good Cause

GETTING DIRTY - MEET THE TEAM

Four of Young Government Leaders' members are planning on getting down and dirty next month to benefit a good cause.  Trust us, by down and dirty, we're talking junk yards, mud, slop, old tires, and raging rivers.  Sound disgusting...these…

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Added by Candace Riddle on March 22, 2011 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

SOS: Can Consolidation for Fiscal Efficiency Lead to Bigger Risks?

 

I will be brief in my plea for help on my current working project. I am making an argument in a paper that although consolidation of programs and streamlining processes might lead to fiscal efficiencies, these state and local policy efforts may also be promoting hidden fragilities and greater…

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Added by Candace Riddle on March 21, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Sustainability - The Proof is in the ROI!

Universities nationwide are getting involved in a Green Revolving Fund.  ROI ranges from 29% (Iowa State University) to 63% (University of Denver).  This seems to beg the question, what if local governments launched similar projects?  Some universities are public institutions afterall....
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Added by Candace Riddle on March 14, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Energy Melt Down - Should the U.S. Review our Nuclear Regs??

The recent events in Japan, and the subsequent danger looming from a possible nuclear melt down have some U.S. lawmakers calling for a review of regulations in the U.S.  This coming on the heels of 20 proposed new U.S. nuclear power plants that are awaiting approval, following a 30 year lull in new construction after the 1979 Three Mile Island incident.

Like it or not, we are facing an energy shortage in the U.S.  So what should policy makers do?  Give your…

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Added by Candace Riddle on March 14, 2011 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Procurement & Social Media Shake-Up - Part 1

Great blog post by Jason Busch.  Get the whole story here then tell us how you're using social media in procurement!

"Social media is all about connecting people who care about the same things that you do. Yes, you work in procurement. But you also work for a company or organization trying to achieve complex goals in an…

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Added by Candace Riddle on March 9, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

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