Posts Tagged: councilposts

How To Effectively Communicate Your Message – Marrying Content and Design

In government, there has been a movement to bring government communications into “plain-language.” In 1998, President Clinton released an executive memo mandating agencies to write in plain language, and recently, President Obama signed into law the Plain Writing Act of 2010, requiring agencies to write in plain language. The plain language act is an important… Read more »

New IBM Report: A Manager’s Guide for Using Twitter in Government

This week IBM released a new report on Twitter use for government. The report, Working the Network: A Manager’s Guide for Using Twitter in Government, was written by Professor Ines Mergel, Professor at Syracuse University. Professor Mergel is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The… Read more »

10 Questions Every Project Manager Should Ask

At some point in our careers, we are all project managers. Our leadership style shines through and we are tasked to lead a team towards success. Every project is different, requiring you to tap into a different skill set and inspire those around you to perform. As you take on new and more challenging projects,… Read more »

Outlook for Social Media Innovation in Government

Social media provides great opportunities for government agencies to connect with citizens. Through social media, providing access to information and reaching citizens can be done easier than ever before. Most studies show staggering upward trends of adoption rates and increased use of social networks. Since many of these platforms are still relatively new, it will… Read more »

Building Effective Teams through the Tuckman Model – Is it Useful?

We’ve all been placed on a teams, some of them are formally acknowledged and some informally. Regardless of how a team is formed, one way to view team dynamics that I always find helpful is to consider Tuckman’s Group Development Model. In this model, four stages of a group are developed: forming, storming, norming, performing…. Read more »

David McClure: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges

In 2009, the Obama Administration announced the Federal Government’s Cloud Computing Initiative. The goals of the initiative were to leverage cloud computing to reduce waste, increase efficiency, and cut costs for the federal government. Since the initiative, there has been great strides made in cloud computing. Data consolidation has taken off, as the government plans… Read more »

The Challenges of Transparency for Government

“Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.” – President Barack Obama An interesting discussion to have is what is driving government to be more open and transparent. Is being more open occurring out of necessity by government due… Read more »