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September 29, 2012 at 4:21 am #169843
I got a 49. Interesting!
September 13, 2012 at 12:42 am #84277
Great good wishes.
September 13, 2012 at 12:40 am #84279
September 13, 2012 at 12:39 am #84281
September 13, 2012 at 12:39 am #84283
This was pretty funny!
September 13, 2012 at 12:38 am #84285
I like “Design Awesomeness” nearly as much as “There is no charge for awesomeness” (Kung Fu Panda and Steve Ressler)!
September 13, 2012 at 12:34 am #84287
September 13, 2012 at 12:32 am #84289
Yes, you do. Thanks.
September 13, 2012 at 12:32 am #84291
I think it’s working!
September 13, 2012 at 12:31 am #84293
I connect people for better business results.
June 18, 2012 at 12:50 am #163643
Larry, this is great; I look forward to hearing more from you guys about it.
It seems unlikely to me that very many employees who’ve been hoarding knowledge have much left that could keep them employed. The half-life of knowledge is getting shorter and shorter in many domains, now that more and more people are actively learning and sharing – all around the hoarders, around the clock. I thought it was telling when the Intelligence Community moved from “need to know” to “need to share” a few years ago, per articles in Federal Computer Week. Those who still are not sharing are shooting themselves in the foot.
By the way, Harold Jarche has done extensive work about how the game has changed in the past few years. He has developed a PKM (Personal Knowledge Management) framework that may interest you.
May 2, 2012 at 1:19 am #160057
Hi, Eric. I don’t have answers to those questions, but there is a well-known discussion by the Public Sector Consortium, with great systems diagrams, about the impact of political cycles on leadership. Entitled The Leadership Dilemma in a Democratic Society, the article is posted a Foreign Service executive’s leadership development site at http://govleaders.org/leadership_dilemma.htm. It may be helpful to you. Go take a look!
October 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm #142522
Thanks, Steve – you jogged my memory! Actually, it was the 4th Sino-US International Conference on Public Administration, held at Rutgers-Newark June 7-8, 2008. I was so jet-lagged yesterday that I couldn’t remember. That was co-sponsored by ASPA, Rutgers-Newark, and School of Public Administration, Renmin University of China. You’re right; not by NECOPA. Interestingly, it also was about improving performance.
For other readers of Steve’s blog, the reason that conference came to mind was that it showed me how easily small opportunities to participate can lead to bigger ones, if I’m willing to do the work. Here’s how that one went for me:
- Discovered the conference early, during the Call for Papers stage, through ASPA’s PA Times. The blurb also recruited panel discussants, people who would read panelists’ papers early and then kick off the discussion during the session.
- Volunteered for the one topic I knew anything about, networks in government. If you’re not an academic but you are working in government – or if you’re doing the same kind of work in the private sector – you’re a “practitioner.” Public administration academics (theory) and practitioners (practice) complement and need each other – it’s the only way the PA field can advance.
- Registered for the conference, which was cheap because the conference was so new – maybe $40. Booked one night at the hotel in Newark.
- Read the panelists’ papers as they sent them to me.
- Drove to Newark from Washington on Friday night.
- Attended the Saturday half of the conference, did the session, learned more about the joint effort and Prof. Marc Holzer’s role in starting it, and chatted with other attendees.
- Drove home Sunday, with more experience and a broader network of people who were interested in the same things I was. That was a factor in later opportunities to serve on panels, help organize conferences, and publish articles. Why? Because most people won’t invest the energy. Those who do are always watching for others who are willing to, whatever their credentials or experience.
The above is just one example. Another way is to contact conference organizers early in the game and offer to trade volunteer labor for attendance at some sessions. A third is to go to a conference — like the great opportunity on Oct. 28-29 Steve has announced — to learn, make friends and develop the professional network further, and incubate new ideas that can move one’s career while helping improve government.
If anybody has another example, I’d love to learn from your story.
September 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm #142526
Everyone: I went to NECoPA at Rutgers Newark in 2008 and it was a hoot! If you’re looking to become more deeply involved in the public administration field, this is a simple way to jumpstart your involvement.
September 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm #142653
I agree! This has been in the back of my mind ever since Cadillac Desert. It would be an interesting and useful research project to catalogue the ways desert community governments conserve water now. For example, here are two successful approaches used in Colorado Springs, a “high desert” town about an hour’s drive south of Denver:
- Watering only on certain days of the week. This used to be done by even/odd street address number but may be determined by other means now. Mundane but effective.
- Xeriscape gardening. I was introduced to this by my mother, a Colorado Master Gardener. There’s a demonstration garden up on the mesa, near Garden of the Gods, that shows people lovely, low-water, low-maintenance substitutes for traditional green lawns. Good starter video by Colorado Springs Utilities here.