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YGL-LA Let’s Talk Tuesday: Young Government Leaders – The Adventure
February 14, 2012 at 8:53 am #153115
“Young Government Leaders:
It’s an Adventure and You’re an Explorer”
By Patrick Ibarra, The Mejorando Group
GovLoop, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so on and on and on…people all over the world are connected in ways that only a generation ago seemed unimaginable. Today, the amount of information we not only move everyday but also access, can be overwhelming. The Internet created a marketplace of information and it’s become so incredibly cluttered, it can be difficult to determine which sites and information we truly value and benefit from accessing. That’s where Young Government Leaders (YGL) comes along. YGL is a network of young public sector employees who are motivated to exceed everyone’s expectations and not only refresh the role of government in our society, but revolutionize its brand. Remember, the brand of government at all levels – federal, state and local – is to be the protagonist for a high quality of life. Regardless of what position you hold right now, each of you is making a significant contribution to the delivery of services and programs your agency is responsible for, and ultimately enhancing our society as we move forward in all directions.
Since our lives are so busy and sometimes cluttered we must be selective on where we choose to invest our time. Working hard and simply joining a professional organization isn’t enough today. Digital networking is only one aspect of staying relevant as a young government leader. You own the keys to your career and you’re a member of a generation that’s natural collaborators so blend these two to accelerate your career trajectory. YGL has ambitious plans for 2012 and beyond and a major ingredient to its continued success is the active involvement by its members. Just look at the offerings by YGL-Los Angeles in 2012:
- Daily posts and discussions about contemporary topics.
- Quarterly Liquid Leadership mixers with local, prominent LA government officials talking about career and leadership.
- GovUp LA with GovLoop this Spring in Santa Monica. Bringing together all government “rock stars” and innovators in Los Angeles.
When I was a young(er) and serving in local government, I so wanted to spend time with colleagues from other agencies and have the opportunity to “rub shoulders” with leaders within our industry, but there were so few opportunities and this was before the internet became a staple of our lives. Today, there’s no shortage for organizations vying for your attention, but YGL is serious about its commitment to being much more than a listing for your resume under Professional Associations. It’s about bringing together like-minded government leaders who don’t just want a job, they want to make an impact and they want to get to know their peers and access timely and powerful information to help them get better all the time.
Young Government Leaders – Join for free! http://www.younggov.org
Patrick Ibarra, a former city manager and HR director, owns and operates a consulting practice, The Mejorando Group (http://www.gettingbetterallthetime.com). Mejorando is Spanish for “getting better all the time,” and Ibarra’s firm partners with governments, helping them increase employees’ performance and organizational effectiveness by providing consultation, facilitation and training. Ibarra is an author, speaker, blogger and educator who translate headwinds government leaders are facing into a tailwind with practical, impactful and sustainable results. For those seeking additional information, Ibarra can be reached, either by phone at (925) 518-0187, by e-mail at [email protected], http://www.facebook.com/mejorandogroup and follow him at http://www.twitter.com/mejorandogroup, Look for Patrick to be active with several YGL Chapters in 2012 as one of our most valuable resources.
February 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm #153119
Awesome! The article touches on something that I find interesting and a key to success in the future. We all experienced the Information Age, where the internet opened us to a world of endless information and pictures of cats doing funny things. Now, I believe, we’re entering into the Knowledge Age. The Knowledge Age takes all the information that’s out there and gets it to the right people in the right way. This doesn’t mean google is getting better, but tools are being used all over the workplace and even in your personal life. Apps are becoming a part of your life because they organize information in a way that’s fast and helpful.
I think government agencies will need to adapt to this culture. It may cost money up front but you will save a LOT of money in the long run. I was happy to read on YGL-LA’s twitter feed that the Air Force is buying 18,000 iPads. I’d be way more productive if I had one! Imagine an app that automatically does your time card? Or organizes everyone’s calendar so you know where your boss is and who he’s meeting with? Or an app to remind you take leave and go to the beach when the surf is up?
February 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm #153117
Matthew Wayne GonzalesParticipant
Haha, I would love to have an Ipad do that too Scott. Unfortunately, from what I have read the iPads won’t make it to us office folks. They are meant to replace the several dozen pounds worth of manuals that pilots and other manual dependent staff use. I would do unspeakable things to get an iPad that organizes my calendar and syncs up with my bosses.
I am not going to lie, the Mejorando group looks killer! A great idea and an awesome model to follow. I will be watching them and revisiting the site to see their achievements.
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