Posts By Tom Fox - The Federal Coach

The Federal Coach: Keeping the 40-Hour Work Week from Feeling Part Time

I recently read a blog that posed this question: Based on recent workforce trends, is the 40-hour work week considered part time for white-collar professionals? How does this play out among the federal workforce? What are the implications of these trends if true? – Two under-40 female Department of Energy employees (GS-9 and GS-13) LikeRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: Debt Ceiling Uncertainty for Federal Workers

As was the case earlier this year when the White House and Congress went to the brink before finalizing a 2011 budget, government workers are again facing great uncertainty about their work and their future amid the high-stakes political negotiations over raising the debt limit. At this point, no one is saying what will happenRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: No-Cost Leadership Training Ideas

Leadership development is an important investment in employees and a means to improve the performance of federal agencies. Considering the current budgetary constraints, there are a number of no-cost or low-cost training and development options that you can use to help educate and develop your managers and team members to fill in any gaps. AsRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: Of Cigarettes, Rats and Trans Fats: CDC Director Thomas Frieden on Leading in Public Health, When Success is What You Don’t See

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden became the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in June 2009, following a seven-year stint as New York City Health Department Commissioner. He has worked on tuberculosis issues in New York and India and spent 12Read… Read more »

The Fed Coach: How To Become a Great Federal Leader — Without Senior Leadership Support

What suggestions do you have for being an effective leader when you don’t have support from your leadership? – Federal manager (GS-15), U.S. Department of Homeland Security I commend you for wanting to grow as a leader and become more effective so that you can engage your team and have a positive effect on theirRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: Avoiding a Weiner Scandal: Social Media Tips for Federal Workers

Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this past week given the news about Rep. Anthony Weiner and his online liaisons. While this news can be enough to scare federal employees away from social media, digital communication is a potential tool that often times canRead… Read more »

The Federal Coach: NIST Director Patrick Gallagher on leading an organization of scientists

Dr. Patrick Gallagher is the director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he helps promote the advancement of measurement science, standards and technology. He previously served as the agency’s deputy director, as well as the director of the NIST Center for Neutron Research. He also worked asRead… Read more »