Career

Rule #6: “Most meetings contain a very high % of “Mental Masturbation” which can be significantly reduced by the chair creating and following and agenda”

Rule #6: “Most meetings contain a very high % of “Mental Masturbation” which can be significantly reduced by the chair creating and following and agenda” For 25 years peers, bosses, subordinates and my wife have tried to convince me to eliminate the term “mental masturbation” from my vocabulary. I continue to use it not forRead… Read more »

How Can Community Based Social Media Support the Next Census?

How Can Community Based Social Media Support the Next Census? By Dennis D. McDonald A recent AP article titled Census: Big Brother anxieties could hurt count reports official concern that the next US census is threatened by public anxiety about government activities such as immigration control and anti-terrorism measures. This made me wonder how theRead… Read more »

YGL – OPM and the Federal Hiring Process

It has been said time and time again that one of the best ways to get young people interested in working for the Federal Government is to change its hiring process. It became no longer acceptable to have a Federal Agency take six months or longer to hire a candidate. In that time, potential hiresRead… Read more »

Book Review – How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job

Have you ever gone to a bookstore and sorted through all the books about getting a federal job? Well I have and I want to let you know they are all horrible. Basically, they are all scam books re-purposing content that is available for free on sites like USAJOBS.gov. Further, most of the authors haveRead… Read more »

Success in Government

I am sure there are plenty of articles on how to be successful in the Federal Government, but I believe that relationship management, taking ownership and how you dress are key components to being successful. Throughout our careers we will work with, for, and supervise numerous people. Effectively managing those relationships are critical to successRead… Read more »

GovLoop’s Bureaucrat on Sports – AP Top 25 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision – Selected Week 5 Picks

First, the Hokie Guru is going to step out of the sports world this week and start out with a management issue… time and attendance… I’m just curious how my readers would react if they got a message like this (a friend sent this to me): … has created and maintains a calendar where weRead… Read more »

Six Ways Local Governments Can Use Social Media to Promote Energy Conservation

Author’s Note: I originally published this on my blog on September 16, 2008. I’m republishing it here to see if anyone would like to discuss the ideas presented here. Six Ways Local Governments Can Use Social Media to Promote Energy Conservation By Dennis D. McDonald Here are six ways local governments can use social mediaRead… Read more »

Survey – GovLoop Topics

The latest survey on GovLoop was “What topics would you like to see covered in GovLoop?” The results were: 13.0% Gov’t Opportunities and Events 35.9% Gov’t Career Advice 0.0% Sports and Entertainment 43.6% Gov’t Best Practices 7.7% Gov’t News I’m intrigued by the results but I think they make sense. Here’s how GovLoop will respondRead… Read more »