I try to take advantage of training opportunities as much as I can. Making the effort to go to conferences like the Next Generation of Government Leaders Summit can really make up the difference. I also try keep up with important/relevant news via YGL-LA Twitter& Facebook (you’ll sound smarter during water-cooler talk, trust me.)
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Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA: I Want to Revolutionize Government Productivity…I just don’t know how in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 6 months ago
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA : Finding Inspiration in Government Achievements in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 6 months ago
I was lucky enough to see Curiosity at JPL when they were still building it. It’s successful landing is nothing short of amazing.
I love hearing Neal deGrasse Tyson talk about space, he’s always inspiring. Check out this video of an out-of-character Stephen Colbert interviewing Neal deGrasse Tyson
Scott Thomas replied to the topic What 1 thing are you going to do different as a result of NextGen? in the forum Next Generation of Government Training Summit 7 years, 7 months ago
The 1 thing I know for sure…. Bring more colleagues from LA and YGL-LA’ers next year.
great discussion! Taking a risk is always tricky since there are always so many factors to weigh-in. I think the most important thing is that you learn from it, regardless of the outcome.
I like the idea of being comfortable being uncomfortable. Taking risks is how we improve.
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA: Emotional Intelligence: An Essential Leadership Skill in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 7 months ago
Emotional Intelligence fascinates me. Communication and relationships really do seem like the biggest factor for success in a workplace.
I don’t know if it can actually be acquired, but I think someone can educate themselves on how they are wired (Meyers-Briggs) in order to understand how they can communicate better with other types of people. I…[Read more]
Great post, it’s true that government doesn’t get the “street cred” it deserves. We all know Government isn’t perfect, but it’s people like you that remind us of the impact (positive) government has on our country, from local to federal. Many amazing things have come from Government (Internet, GPS, etc.). Changing public perception of “government…[Read more]
Scott Thomas started the topic YGL LA: Independence Day – Great Day? Or the Greatest Day? in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 7 months ago
I imagine July 4th, 1776 was a pretty awesome day for Americans. It must have felt like winning the super bowl, world series, and the lottery all at the same time. In fact, “The 4th” is such an emotional day that the only two that signed the Decleration of Independence and served as President, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died on the 50th…[Read more]
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA: Efficiencies of Today are the Dependencies of Tomorrow in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 8 months ago
As a government employee it’s hard to think about these things. As a citizen and tax-payer it’s easy. Your question of essential vs non-essential is the most basic and most divisive question in modern politics; it’s really what seperates the two (or more) political parties. But of course, the answers are much more complicated than the…[Read more]
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA: Saving Money in Government. What is stopping you? in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 8 months ago
I’ve seen it go both ways. I’ve certainly seen the pressure to spend your budget, but I’ve also had projects where we figured out how to save money and either extended the contract (saving money) or just returned the money to the money folks (treasury?). I think that attitude is rare, but I enjoy saving money. Sometimes it’s not just about saving…[Read more]
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA: How do you handle office politics as a young government leader? in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 9 months ago
As a political scientist I wish I could offer profound advice like “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer,” but I think, perhaps naively,it’s better to avoid office politics and rise above it. I also believe hard work has greater impact than office politics.
Also, you’d be surprised how far cookies and cupcakes will get you 🙂
When I decided to work for the federal government, I assumed it meant I would be wearing dark suits 24/7 and fighting America-hating ninja’s on a nightly basis. So far, I’ve had no such luck. I’m still waiting for a late-night phone call from a mysterious voice whispering “Your mission, if you choose to accept it….”
In the meantime, I’ll keep…[Read more]
great post! I can actually relate to your frustrations from all the way down here (GS-9). I think that may be part of what drives me because I want to change the status quo and find better ways of doing things. It might take a long time and I might get permanent neck damage, but someone’s got to do it. I’ve actually found that being a low rank…[Read more]
I think about it every day: “my job would be more efficient if I had a tablet.” There’ s no doubt in my mind that Government would save money if it invested in tablets, apps, etc. The problem is that it takes a large inital investment and it’s hard to prove the efficiencies that are gained. Welcome to the Knowledge Age (vs Information Age)!
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA: Are You Managing the Next Government Scandal? in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 10 months ago
At my agency, we have ethics training annually. But more importantly we have a great culture to support good ethics. I often hear “I’m not going to jail for that…” or “We have a responsibility to the taxpayer/warfighter” and rarely ever hear “everyone does it.” I’ve been impressed with my agency when it comes to ethics, which is probably why I…[Read more]
I think my jaw literally dropped when I read about the recent GSA scandal. What in the world were they thinking? Just this morning I paid $1 for a crappy cup of coffee at a training facility because it would be irresonsible to let tax payers (and that’s you and me!) pay for my caffeine addiction. And this is just how it works; as a federal worker…[Read more]
Scott Thomas replied to the topic YGL-LA Let’s Talk Tuesdays: Bragging Rights – Appraisal Inputs To Your Boss in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 10 months ago
The SAR model sounds great! Thanks!
Scott Thomas started the topic YGL-LA Let’s Talk Tuesdays: Bragging Rights – Appraisal Inputs To Your Boss in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 10 months ago
Now that YGL-LA is 1-year old, I decided to reflect on the best year the LA chapter has ever had. Mud-runs, happy hours, twitter, beach clean-ups, facebook, high-fives, PMFs, scholarships, Let’s Talk Tuesday… and so on and so on. In the middle of my glorious daydreaming I realized yearly appraisals are coming up at my work and it’s time to…[Read more]
Scott Thomas replied to the topic Hello! My name is Mike, your “favorite punching bag.” in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 11 months ago
Seagal….spokesman for Federal Workers? Best idea I’ve heard in a long time! I think YGL-LA should reach out to him, maybe make a PSA video for youtube? 🙂
Great discussion Mike, and I love the proactive approach to changing the stereotype. I also think federal workers don’t “fight back” because they are too busy fighting wars, keeping GPS…[Read more]
Feeding off of Tina’s post last week, what would you say to a High School student that was interested in public service? What advice would you give?
And how would you explain “government work” to a student who has no idea what that means? How would you motivate them to consider public service as a career?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!…[Read more]
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