Posts Tagged: Emily’s Corner

How to Innovate Like Germany and Taiwan

It doesn’t take a genius mastermind to get the idea ball rolling. Innovation is for everyone and everyone can benefit from it. This was made clear in a recent report, The Global Flourishing of National Innovation Foundations, published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Stephen Ezell, Director of Mobile Innovation Policy for the Information… Read more »

Stopping Tragedy in Its Tracks

On April 5, 2010, disaster struck Montcoal, West Virginia. Late in the afternoon, an explosion rocked the small town’s Upper Big Branch coal mine. After four days of attempted rescue, none of the 29 miners survived the blast. It was the worst mining disaster the U.S. had seen in over four decades. As an administrator… Read more »

Saving Lives, One Phone at a Time

Lightning strikes the ground, thunder rumbles across the sky, sometimes hail plummets onto your roof, but you don’t think much of it. Thunderstorms are a hallmark of summertime. You’ve seen storms like this before. And then your phone buzzes. There’s a message telling you to take immediate cover; a tornado has been detected in your… Read more »

Coping with Conflict at Work

Ever felt like your boss’s expectations were unrealistic? Or your employee wasn’t doing what you asked? Didn’t like a colleague’s approach? If you’ve worked long enough, you’ve probably encountered conflicts like these on the job. Even the slightest conflicts can hurt productivity at work in ways small and large. As the Vice President for Leadership… Read more »

Hillary’s Email Isn’t the Only Email Worry for State

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email isn’t the only State Department email to make headlines in the past few months. In 2014, the State Department found themselves in a very difficult situation. State Department emails had been breached, presumably by Russian hackers. “The hackers bedeviled the State Department’s email system for much of the… Read more »

$$$ and the State – How Do They Stack Up?

If you’re anything like me, every two weeks you look at your paycheck and hope for just a few more dollars to magically appear. In reality, the number stays the same. For state and local government employees, salaries have been stagnant for years. “Our whole country has been stunned by the difficulty we’ve had in… Read more »

Does the President’s Budget Matter for States?

On February 2nd, the President unveiled his new $4 trillion proposed budget for FY 2016. Obviously the federal government was paying close attention, but state and local governments were also on high alert. The reason? Simple: the President’s budget also provides funding to states and localities in several different areas like transportation, education and infrastructure…. Read more »