Posts By Tom Fox - The Federal Coach

The Federal Coach: Be the bad guy – Negative feedback and how to deliver it

For many people, top fears include spiders, heights, public speaking and crowds. For many government managers I speak to, it’s delivering criticism at performance time. It’s no wonder that delivering feedback — particularly feedback on improving — produces so much anxiety. Even under the best of circumstances, delivering feedback and coaching is difficult. But whenRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: Young Gov Leaders — Love them or lose them

Attending the Next Generation in Government Summit last week highlighted that government 1) is full of young, driven and innovative employees; and 2) needs to make sure that it harnesses that passionate creativity and allows it to STAY AND GROW IN GOVERNMENT! I discussed this challenge in my column in the Washington Post this morning.Read… Read more »

Next Generation in Government Summit follow up

Getting the opportunity to participate in the Next Generation in Government Summit this past Tuesday was truly a honor. I am sure I speak for everyone who attended the event in thanking GovLoop and YGL for putting together something so fun and valuable! Working at the Partnership for Public Service and conducting interviews for myRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: David McClure – Nine lives of gov 2.0

In this week’s interview I talked with David McClure, the associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, who leads the government’s outreach to the public through social networking tools and websites including My conversation with David covered topics ranging from what is his favorite government app toRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: ‘Larry, keep your eye on the ball’

This week I spoke with Dr. Lawrence Spinelli, who is acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) which helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets and supports U.S. foreign policy. Prior to assuming this position, Spinelli was OPIC’s public affairs director. He previously spent more than aRead… Read more »