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Friday Fab Five: Junkies, Shlump-ies, and How to Really Surprise Your Teacher

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. It’s time for the…


TGIF, and I’m not talking about abc’s Friday night sitcom lineup from the 90’s. It’s time to take a look back at some or the top GovLoop content from the past week.

The Most Commented Blog of the Week goes to one of our Daily Doses entitled “Is Government The Minor Leagues?” More than just a provocative title, the subject matter at the heart of the analogy is one that really seems to be stirring the pot these days in both the public and private sectors. So why do you work where you work? Is Government really just becoming a training ground for “players” to jump to the big leagues later in their careers. Or is it the other way around? Head on over, check it out, and then let others know what you think in the comments section.

There is an interesting trend happening in government social media circles… they are becoming less and less government and more and more social media. What am I talking about? It seems that social media giants and other private based tech companies are gobbling up government talent. According to the Washington Post Silicon Valley is becoming Washington DC West with as many tech savvy govies that are ditching their political duds for the golden coast. -Stephen Peteritas

The Top Forum from this past week most definitely goes to Dannielle Blumenthal‘s discussion on How To Not Look “Shlumpy.” A true testament to the importance of one’s appearance in the professional arena, an impressive amount of GovLoopers came to the rescue of those of us who might be a bit fashionably challenged. As Heidi will tell you on the show “Project Runway,” when it comes to fashion, “you’re either in, or you’re out?” So which is it? Whether you’re in or out, need advice or looking to dole some out, definitely check out this discussion!

“Shlumpy” is a Yiddish word meaning “not put together” clotheswise. Synonyms: frazzled, messy, frowsy, dowdy, dumpy, etc.

I find that some people are able to look put together no matter what. Others struggle with the “shlumpy” factor.

What are some quick and simple ways to look put together at all times? -Dannielle Blumenthal

The Most Active Group award this week goes to Govt TV and Movie Junkies. Whether you prefer the classics or thrive on the in-your-face entertainment of today, you can definitely find your niche with the members of this group. Let’s face it, we all have our guilty pleasures. There’s good television/movies and there’s bad, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be entertained by both and geek out from time to time. No matter who you are or where you work, everyone needs a break. So put down that report, kick up your feet, and turn on the TV. It’s time to veg.

Our Quote of the Week comes from a very entertaining yet meaningful blog post from Patrick Fiorenza. The post is titled The Importance of Being Prepared – Told by a 7th Grader and truly does offer readers a clear reason to always be prepared and to expect the unexpected. Without giving too much away, here’s a little teaser to encourage you to head on over to the original posting for the full story.

…To the surprise of the teacher and class, at the end of the speech, he stood up and walked out of the room – with no pants on… -Patrick Fiorenza

And finally, Rockstar of the Week goes to Paul Wolf of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. Paul is not just a rockstar because he’s from Buffalo (although that’s arguably rockstar-worthy as is) but his consistent, high-quality blog posts really hit the spot when it comes to learning how to become a more effective leader- something we need in any and every level of government. So feel free to add him as a friend, and don’t forget to read his latest popular blog post Leadership Is Face To Face. Keep being awesome Paul!

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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