10 Great Tips From Government Executives

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to receive some really good advice from senior government leaders. I carry these “golden nuggets” around in my brain and refer to them often. Hope they are useful to you!

1. “If you want to be successful, be polite, be professional, and have a good work ethic.”

2. “The pie gets bigger the more you share it.”

3. “Our people don’t get enough credit. We need to make sure the public knows the good work they are doing.”

4. “How is your husband doing? I remember him from ___” (This is the head of an Agency, who took the time to remember and thank each and every person he interacted with.)

5. “Think it through before you bring it to me.”

6. “Dashboards, metrics, high-level bullet points…please.”

7. “There is nothing new under the sun.”

8. “One thing I like about you, is that you always support the executive” (and don’t put yourself in the limelight.)

9. “If that issue is very divisive here – I bring it up judiciously.”

10. “Go out there, be creative…I trust you.”


Disclaimer: This blog is written by Dannielle Blumenthal in her personal capacity. The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of the National Archives and Records Administration, or the United States government. Photo credit: Jesus Solana/Flickr

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