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Call for Topics – Help Define Next Generation of Government Training Summit 2012
February 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm #153652
The NextGen board needs your help to create the agenda for this year’s summit!
YOU are the reason this summit exists and the only one who truly knows what you want to learn to further enhance your career and the future of government.
What sessions would you most benefit from? Any specific speakers?
What kind of training do you need to be a better public servant?
Any other comments or suggestions on how to make NextGen 2012 awesome?
Also, ask your managers what skills they’d like you to develop and send us those tips too!
Check out some of the great topics from NextGen 2011 below.
Be sure to Save The Date: 2011 Next Generation of Government Training Summitis taking place on July 26th and 27th in Washington, DC at the JW Marriott. Or register today!
Looking forward to your feedback!
2011 NextGen Keynotes:
“Scheming Virtuously” – Nicholas Charney, Office of the Assistant Deputy, Acquisitions Sector, Library and Archives Canada
“How to Create Innovation in Government” – Fred Dust, IDEO
“The Power of a Community Like You – Lessons from Meetup.com” – Kathryn Fink, Community Development, Meetup.com
Why Congress Matters: how it affects your daily operations – Dr. Kenneth Gold, Director, The Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University
“Digital Government: Me, My Career and My Future.” – Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group
“Public Service: It’s Personal” – Kriste Jordan, Senior Advisor, Office of Security Technology, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security
“Consider – Harnessing Reflective thinking in Government” – Daniel Patrick Forrester, Author, “Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization”
Creating Change in Government: When to Hold, Fold and Use the Cards you’ve Been Dealt – Panel
2011 NextGen Breakout Session Topics:
A Framework to Manage Your Career
Building a Network Within and Across Agencies and Sectors
Feeling Non Essential? Tips from Zappos on Delivering Happiness at Work
Gov2.0 Ninja – Proven Tips on Implementing Gov 2.0 in Your Agency
Leading From Your Level – Managing Up & Sideways
Navigating Dunder Mifflin: The Skills No One Teaches You
Never Too Young to Plan – Financial Planning from TSP to Insurance
One Size Does Not Fit All: What It Really Means to Have a Work-Life Balance
Project Management 101: Getting Things Done In Government
Public Sector is Multi-Sector: Tips on Navigating and Managing Across Sectors
Speak Up: How To Be A Great Public Speaker
Wellness at Work: Get Your Erg On!
Working with Political Appointees: The Political Dimensions of Public Service
February 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm #153746
Just got this suggestion via email
Good afternoon. Two items that might fit well in Summit 2012 are 1. How to running an effective and efficient meeting and 2. Critical Conversations: Communicating when the stakes are high (and/or communicating technical information to a non-technical audience)
February 22, 2012 at 1:05 am #153744
From Facebook – The concept involves participants taking an online assessment whose results show you information about your thinking and behavioral preferences. The class we teach, which can be a full or half day helps folks understand their results and how to use them to create effective and efficient organizations and teams. Really cool stuff. http://www.emergenetics.com
February 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm #153742
Forgot to mention this in the email Steve … You should consider Bob Chartier from the National Manager’s Community here in Canada. More info on Bob here:
Here is a great article he wrote about storytelling:
He is a friend of mine and I can get you connected to him if you’d like. It takes some doing because he isn’t all that technologically inclined.
February 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm #153740
Here are ideas I’ve received via email:
– I’m sure attendees would be interested to hear in new guidance, direction out from OMB/OSTP on web strategy and policy. Also living in a reality of even smaller budgets and uncertainty, how to operate and maximize on opportunities that present.
– Do as much as you can to promote sustainability in planning and carrying out the event.You guys did such a great job with cutting edge technology and content that was relevant to the Next Gen in Gov – but how about also promoting Triple Bottom Line for Government and demonstrating your commitment to minimizing environmental impact and promoting social awareness – something many feds I believe are passionate/concerned about.
– I teach people how to maintain balance through nutrition, physical activity, relationships, and creativity/spirituality. As a former fed I know that sometimes it’s hard to feel like you can get everything you want out of a government career when many things are so restricted and you have to operate in the structure defined. I’d love to speak about how to find that balance and get the most out of your federal career while staying healthy and productive. Another thought is that I could possibly offer 30-minute health&wellness strategy sessions at the conference during breaks.
February 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm #153738
Topic Suggestions –
Leading from the Front (http://www.leadstar.us) Including how to lead from where you are in an organization (and it doesn’t have to be from the front!)
Enterprise 2.0 – How to use collaboration tools for successful mission accomplishment – this can be a panel maybe?
I thought that one of the most useful presentations was last year’s “Why Congress Matters” presentation. Something similar tailored to the current climate would be beneficial.
February 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm #153736
Received over email
My agency only teaches new employees what they need to function, not necessarily thrive.
If I were queen for a day, I would require: Diversity training. In my mind this training (preventative) would eliminate a lot of EO complaints(reactive).
Supervisor training (per OPM regulations) (training for everyone, as they have the potential to be a supervisor)
Upward Bound training, to teach how to navigate the system to thrive in your career
I happen to teach a class on my own, outside the federal system called “Transition Strategies”. It was originally designed to teach senior military officers to transition to civilian life after retirement. I’ve also developed a class on supervisory responsibilities.
February 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm #153734
In the Career area, how about Speed Networking: How to Network to Advance Your Career. A session with instruction and then actually doing. Many times people know how to network online, and how to develop friends, but critical to know how to move this to more professional networking for career search and development.
February 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm #153732
From an email:
Next Gen should understand that regardless of whether they are a cyber professional or not – there is a level of digital literacy (beyond awareness of cybersecurity, understanding the importance of the underpinning of your daily communication, acquisition, and way of doing business. For example, every CEO receives daily briefings on their production statistics, financial health, etc – but do they receive a daily briefing on the health of their IT Network (to include how much intellectual property may have been at risk, not to mention financials).
February 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm #153730
Have you already filled out your speaker/presenter lists for the conference?
I think that a session on emerging careers in the Federal Government would be excellent. I’m a Facility Specialist, which is a career that I never considered in college, but it utilizes a great deal of business, technological, and project management skills that many NextGen professionals possess. In light of efforts such as the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 many of the professional organizations that focus on Facility Management are presenting their developmental strategies and certifications as models that government employees can follow to excel in the field.
I’d be willing to speak on this topic. Just get in touch with me.
February 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm #153728
Feedback from phone:
“Last year I noticed all the presenters had very few words and were mostly pictures. I found it was more entertaining and let me focus my energy on the speaker not the slides. Thus, I changed my presentation style at work to show more pictures and less bullets” – GSA Early Employee Program Participant
February 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm #153726
Steve, I think these younger employees need training in decision making skills. Young people now are quick to look to the internet for all the answers. The web is a good tool to gather information but it should not make your decision for you. They need to learn to figure some things out on their own. Believe it or not, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.
February 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm #153724
Sound decision making comes from experience. The problem shouldn’t be framed around the fact that young people are going online to make decisions, it should be centered on how to follow best-practices or how to gain the experience necessary to make effective decisions. The web is a great resource, but nothing can beat being empowered by your employer. Empowerment is training and experience, combined with an authority to make decisions. I’d say both older employees and younger employees could benefit from a session that merges these two aspects.
February 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm #153722
I would like to offer Steve Case as a potential candidate to speak at NGGS 2012. He would provide a unique perspective to conference with both private sector experience and leadership within the federal government as Chairman of the Administration’s Start Up America Partnership and member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
February 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm #153720
February 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm #153718
Hi, an important topic for the next NGGTS in empowmerment. Teaching employees to make empowered decisions… which means making decsions without the fear of being repremanded or fired if you make the worng decision. This leads to a more productive and engaged team. In the area of customer service, empowerment means making decions if favor of the customer… which leads to happy, loyal customers… and in the private sector – a growing customer base.
Empowerment affects all levals of managment and it might be a topic that could be the theme of this year’s summit. I have a friend, John Tschohl, who is an excellent and dynamic speaker on the topic of empowerment and service strategy. He just came out with his 6th book entitled, EMPOWERMENT: A Way of Life. John is an internationlly recognized speaker and author on topics of customer service, empowerment, and service strategy. I would recommend John as a possible keynote speaker for your conference. To see John in action, and to see more on his books, go to his website at http://www.johntschohl.com.
February 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm #153716
It was so interesting to get this email right now! I am currently finishing up my Masters in Public Administration at NYU and our capstone project has been on the New York Civil Service System and making recommendations for how the system could be improved (either on equity, efficiency, or effectiveness measures depending on the problem). I knew virtually nothing about civil service before the project, but have spent the last 4 months deeply engrossed in researching the NYC System and best practices from around the country.
I realize that many civil service systems are moving away from collective bargaining, but I think labor-management relationships as a topic of conversation is an area that very few people know much about when they get into government, but must learn to understand as they seek to navigate effective management. The more that labor-management conversations are relegated to a central source, the less able managers will be to utilize all of the tools of their disposal in terms of performance and motivation.
This may be something you’ve addressed in the past, but if not it is could certainly be an interesting, rich topic. If you want additional information or resources, I’d be happy to help share some of what we have learned.
February 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm #153714
From email –I just received a useful 360 evaluation from my agency, and one thing I need to improve on is networking. Any sessions on productive networking or networking to an end goal would be fantastic.
February 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm #153712
I’m in training right now, and a lot of it is dealing with multigenerational issues (read: how to work with millenials), but I think that we should also talk about the other side of that. Maybe recognition of millenial behavior, and possibly how to minimize behaviors that alienate older generations (such as emailing/texting instead of face-to-face meetings).
February 29, 2012 at 6:26 am #153710
This is Next Gen – invite young, prominent, diverse leaders to inspire through example and get attendees pumped. Not to mention a little west coast representation to make it a national summit:
In regards to topics, some popular choices these days:
- Doing more with less. Agencies, cities and states are being hit in the wallet. The next gen is feeling it at the office.
- Increased workload
- No funds for training or career development
- No funds for agency sponsored socialization
- What are the alternatives?
- A lot of talk about government employee benefits being taken away or reduced. I understand the need to sacrifice and don’t mind, just don’t like the negative press regarding government employees lately. I’m still proud to be a federal employee and so is this guy: I work for Uncle Sam, and I’m proud of it
- What should I be doing now if my goal is to supervise or make it into SES? What are SES requirements? Is there a federal career coach that can be invited? How about 1-on-1 coaching from mentors at the summit? It can be a raffle prize for 20 summit attendees.
- Live demo of Rock Your Resume: invite HR professionals that screen federal resumes. Same raffle prize idea for 2-3 summit attendees to have their resumes reviewed and publicly “rocked” by professionals during the conference.
- Health and Fitness: maybe it’s a personal thing but what about a workout session as a break-out option for summit attendees? Come in your gym clothes to one of the break-out rooms (maybe even the hotel gym) and learn basic exercises, stretches to reduce stress, fatigue and cubicle pain! Healthy lunch options? Even an organized morning run in DC would be cool…
I might have more thoughts later. The Next Gen summit last year was one of the best trips and experiences I have had thus far in government. It influenced me to take a more active role with YGL and I thank you for it. Props to you guys! I’m doing my best to get some YGL-LA members to the summit.
Let me know how I can help.
February 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm #153708
· Steven Shi (OPM): What does it really take to become a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES)?
· Gadi Ben-Yehuda: Gov 2.0/social media in government
· A TSP representative could speak about new ROTH TSP option; since it would benefit a majority of millenials (assuming tax rates are higher in ~2040 than they are now)
o They can also discuss the Lifecycle (L Fund) investment options; and
o Getting the maximum Agency matching contribution since new employees’ contributions are automatically set at 3% and some forget to increase it to 5%
· Aetna: Federal employee benefits overview
· How to “woo” your audience with emerging presentation tools (e.g., Prezi)
· What do millenials need to know to “play well” with boomers?
· How to remain actively engaged at any Agency reporting to any supervisor/manager
· HR 101 – What you need to know if you want to get promoted (e.g., time-in-grade, career ladder/target grade, internal/external JOAs, USAJOBS tips, interview tips, etc.)
· Doing more with less…how to juggle competing priorities with less resources, and still maintain a healthy work-life balance
· Concurrent breakout sessions:
o Making the most of your Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)
o What can the PMF Program do for my career?
February 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm #153706
Another comment from email
Addressing what to fear in a government career, lessons learned from
other generations that learned the hard way…the post, the hill…
The importance of a healthy supervisor-employee relationship, what
does that look like? And what is your role in your career development,
especially considering the typical supervisor in govt isn’t doing
there “people-side” of their responsibilities.
What are the most important govt. laws to understand…Labor_Relations???
March 1, 2012 at 2:45 am #153704
23 year old mayor of Ithaca, NY – http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/svante_myrick_how_a_child_of_m.html
March 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm #153702From email:
1) Breakthrough Approach for Delivering Large Public-Sector Projects on Time: How Japan Did It, and How You Can Help the U.S. Government Do It2) Reinventing Federal Budgeting: The End of the “Use It or Lose It” Approach3) How to Absorb Massive Budget Cuts Without Impacting Programs
March 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #153700
-Clay Johnson, Information Diet
-Andrew Warner, Mixergy (entrepreneurship)
Ben Casnocha (Startup of You)
Jared Cohen, Google Ideas
Adam Conner, Facebook
Katie Stanton or Mindy Finn, Twitter
Code for America
Ezra Klein, WaPost
Peter Orszag, former head of OMB
Paul Light, NYU professor
STeve Case, AOL & startups america
Ithaca 24-year old mayor
Daniel Tangherlini, DC & DOT
Public policy professor – Ines Mergel, Paul Light, others
March 5, 2012 at 3:41 am #153698
Other from email:
-IDP tips & tricks
March 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm #153696
My ideas for the NexGen 2012 are:
The Benefits of Community Involvement
Making a Better Resume in USA Jobs
A Timeline in the Government 25 Years Ago and 25 Years to Come
Preparing for Tomorrow: Retiring, TSP, Leave, and …
March 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm #153694
Many great suggestions so far!
-I loved the session on how to work around the system in getting projects done last year (the useful pharmaceutical visual database example), and another case study along those lines would be inspiring.
-Also building on last year’s sessions, an exercise in applying design thinking process to a participant real challenge, perhaps involving a bit of ethnographic interviewing of fellow participants, could be a good way to learn more about this important approach.
-Problem framing for problem solving (the five why’s, etc.) is another great skill for our work.
-A Getting Things Done (David Allen Co) session on tracking projects, next actions, and waiting for could be very useful.
-I would be happy to offer a session on ways everyone can green their job
-Also happy to offer a session I am offering at the Green California Govt Summit or how to turn meetings into action with a great tool called the focused conversation, that moves a group from discussion of objective experience to reflective/personal to developing options to deciding on an job.
March 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm #153692
Above should read, deciding on what to do next
March 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm #153690
When is the latest someone can submit a topic?
March 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm #153688
Dennis R. StillParticipant
I’d like to suggest a breakout session on data. Not just about “big” data, but how to use data effectively at all levels on an organization. Happy to help organize discussion/panel around. I think we are spending too much time talking about how big our data sets can be now, instead of thinking about how to use that avalanche of information specifically/localized to help an organization achieve mission results.
March 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm #153686
Hey Cindy – we are working on a draft this week but keep on sending ’em in
March 7, 2012 at 2:45 am #153684
Another one via email:
1. Know Your Generation’s Management Style Relative to Other Generations – Gen Y brings different skillsets to management relative to Gen X and Baby Boomers. Discuss how these skill sets both complement and may sometimes run counter to the management styles of other generations in government, and strategies for working across generations.
2. Blending In to Encourage Change – Government consists of certain norms and behaviors. To introduce change to an agency, you need to know and follow enough of these norms to blend in enough to build partnerships and alliances for positive change. Learn strategies for identifying these norms, building relationships across different groups, and staying sane on the job.
3. Senior Execs and Young Government Leaders (my personal favorite topic btw) – Senior Executives serve as the translation layer between the will of Political Appointees and the Government Staff. They’re not the ultimate “authorities” and savvy Young Government Leaders who recognize that Senior Execs sometimes have to take orders and implement challenging tasks too can build mutually beneficial working relationships. Both can help and inform each other.
4. 21st Century Leadership: Chaos, Conflict, and Courage (my second favorite topic) – Government as a classical bureaucracy now has challenges in terms of a rapidly changing world, the rise of social networks both within and across agencies, the increased role of non-government and private sector organizations, and the increased need for greater fiduciary responsibility. Learn how to think horizontally and work across groups – while also operating within the classical hierarchy of the bureaucracy.
March 7, 2012 at 4:52 am #153682
Topics two and three would be very original!
March 7, 2012 at 4:53 am #153680
Agreed. Starting small is a great way to start.
March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm #153678
Could we have someone from the Presidential Personnel Office talk about how to become a Presidential Appointee?
March 9, 2012 at 3:44 am #153676
Business writing is something that is sorely needed. I supervise administrative staff that has a hard time sending clear, concise and grammatically correct messages or correspondence.
March 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm #153674
How about the topic of federal agency collaborations? Could include success stories as well as challenges/failures and how to overcome them, work around them, etc.?
Russell Linden wrote a book, Leading Across Boundaries about this- he could be a possible speaker.
March 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm #153672
Thoughts on topics and more:
1. Strategies on finding details, shadowing opportunities throughout the Public Sector
2. Concur with the suggestion on ‘Doing More with Less’
3. With workshops, allot enough time to fulfil the goal of the session.
4. Succession planning
5. What all Federal Employees Need to Know About Accessibility…Resources for using innovated technology to reach all audiences (CAP Center could be a resource.)
March 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm #153670
One I got from email:
· In organizations like the one I came from recently there is little to no turnover in management positions. So the challenge is to develop the next generation of leaders in place although there is limited opportunity for upward mobility.
· In other organizations such as the one I joined a year ago, we are putting a priority on supervisory training for team leaders (many of whom have supervisory responsibilities) and supervisors. The emphasis in the past few years has been on leadership and now there is a renewed focus on supervision.
· The technology we use at work is behind the technology people are using personally (iPhones, iPads) etc. We are using webinars and online learning technology to reach a geographically dispersed audience of training. People are located in all 50 states and the technology we are using isn’t keeping up with their skills.
March 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm #153668
I like it – good one
March 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm #153666
Thanks Michele – great ideas.
March 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm #153664
Wow. #1 is awesome. Developing next generation leaders in an environment where the leadership roles are already filled.
March 20, 2012 at 12:50 am #153662
Concur with John that #1 is an important topic
March 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm #153660
Maybe we should have a Lego building contest. You ask why? Well, read Nick Charney’s latest blog on “All I Really Need to Know About Public Policy, I Learned From Lego”. As the aspiring next generation of government leaders, we need to be creative, innovative, visionary, strategic, etc.This could be a way to get those juices flowing.
March 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm #153658
Michele’s on to something here! Get the support of the National Building Museum and their Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit. They have an ample supply of multicolored Lego bricks to use.
March 26, 2012 at 2:30 am #153656
First thought is around building influence when you don’t necessarily have positional authority. Secondly, as folks move more quickly into leadership positions (and sometimes bypass longer tenured employees ), how can they quickly hone their management and leadership skills, become more aware of and address their blindspots, etc.
April 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm #153654I had a thought on a topic, and also one on facilitation format. As for the topic, last year, there was a session about forming young leaders groups on the federal level within departments. I think it would be great to see this as a workshop-type event, perhaps with a focus on state and local government as well. In my experience, the feds are great at building formal or informal groups of young leaders within departments, but it’s not as common in the states and localities, but it is sorely needed.As for facilitation, I’ve always been a fan of the open-format event in which there is a topic but not necessarily a specific agenda. In the past, I’ve had great experience getting together a facilitator with a couple of topic experts and then inviting those at the session to lead it (which is nice because then it’s focused on what the attendees really want to know about the topic, rather than the PPT that the speaker always presents). Another way I’ve done this in the past is to invite potential attendees to submit questions beforehand, and then forwarded those over to the speakers so that they have something to go on when planning for the session. This has been equally successful, and what I’ve found is that those people who submit questions before the session are genuinely interested in the topic and do end up attending the session in person.I’m also a big fan of turning this type of session into a hands-on learning experience in which attendees, after asking some questions, are split into groups and given a scenario. For example, if you wanted to start a young leaders group in your city, how would you approach it? Attendees are given 30 minutes with each other to discuss what support they would need, how they’d reach out to potential attendees, what events they’d offer the young leaders group, etc. and then present their ideas to the group at large. I like this format because within the smaller groups, it gives attendees a chance to see how people from other agencies or departments tackle challenges, what problems they’re facing, and what success they’ve had so far.
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