Monthly Archives: March 2010

“Thank You” letters

This morning I backed into a discussion about thank you or followup letters.The crew agreed they are good, and then devolved into email or snail mail?Who cares?I think we were missing the real point.I think the purpose of a followup letter is to give the recipient something they want or care about. I usually find… Read more »

Open Government is a Social Movement

I had the pleasure of spending last Friday and Saturday with a great group of doers and thought leaders at Open Gov West. I’m going to try to sum up some of my major take-aways from the Open Gov Regional Standards and Seamless Data panels and facilitated discussion. Let me just note that this panel… Read more »

10 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Use Social Media

10 (Er..5) Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Use Social Media From Nina of British of Columbia Gov’t…A recap Commonly reasons why we shouldn’t use social media (I only got 5 of 10…lost my notes) -It’s too fluffy -We can’t measure it -There’s more important stuff – wars, environment, etc -Already good communication channels in place –… Read more »

Is telework close to becoming a reality for federal employees?

Last November, HP partnered with the Virginia based Telework Exchange to put on the inaugural Great Commuter Stress Out event in D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The event provided fun activities such as a free massages and a car-shaped piñata for attendees to strike as a means of releasing commuter tension. Additionally, Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-… Read more »

Proceedings on education and training for leaders, managers, and all those invested in the success of their people

Original post from at Leaders, managers, and all those invested in the success of their people would do well to indulge themselves in last month’s (February 2010) “Education and Training” issue of Proceedings from the U.S. Naval Institute (on Twitter@navalinstitute). I make this recommendation broadly, as I find many of the lessons learned… Read more »

A question of structure — originally posted in conflict of voices

I recently rejuvenated a blog I had started 2 years ago. This is my first post at the new location After more than a year of research and observation I still haven’t found the definitive answer on the most effective way to use social media. I’ve read the expert’s books, listened to lectures and… Read more »

Most Lucrative Miami Government Jobs

If you’re looking for Miami government jobs, or government positions anywhere throughout the country, it’s important to know where to begin. Although the Miami area has lost some of its government workers throughout the economic recession, there are still plenty of career options if you want to work for local or federal government agencies. The… Read more »

Congressman Honda weighs in on Social Media and Government 2.0

I had the pleasure of asking questions of Congressman Mike Honda, via his Legislative Correspondent/Online Communications Coordinator, Ahmed R. Bhadelia. While a more direct communication is always preferable I appreciate the Congressman, and his Staff, taking time out of a very busy schedule to respond. Q. What are your views on the open government directive… Read more »

GovReads! Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

Having recently registered for the ‘Open Government & Innovations’ conference, I decided to finally read “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation”, a book I purchased after an exciting introductory meeting with the firm IDEO last year. Written by Tim Brown, CEO & President of IDEO, a global design and innovation… Read more »