Posts Tagged: excellence

Can You Hear Me Now? Yes, Yes You Can

“Can you hear me now?” You probably remember those Verizon Wireless commercials with the Verizon rep walking across the United States making sure the connection was intact. As annoying as the commercials were, they did drive home a point, cell service is everywhere. But here’s the thing, in many parts of the world, service isn’t… Read more »

911 Made Safer – Protecting EMTs!

We’ve all seen an ambulance racing down the street, sirens blaring, weaving in and out of traffic. But sometimes in the rush to get to the hospital in the fastest way possible another tragedy can strike. In 2010, a medic, patient and passenger all died when the ambulance driver lost control on an icy road… Read more »

Finding the Real Life Heroes of Orange is the New Black

If you’re anything like me, “Orange is the New Black” has taken over your life. The show illustrates the difficult and fascinating life within the walls of a federal prison. The show is fiction, but the cruel world OITNB depicts is sadly often representative of what really happens in federal penitentiaries. But there are those… Read more »

Lessons Learned from the Cleanup of Hurricane Sandy – How to Track the $$$

Hurricane Sandy was one of the deadliest on record. The massive storm took the lives of 117 people in the United States and 69 more in Canada and the Caribbean. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) estimates that Sandy caused $5 billion dollars in losses: $4.75 billion in infrastructure damage and a further $246 million in… Read more »

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s Superman!…nope, even better: it’s NASA

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s Superman!…nope, even better: it’s NASA. NASA has eyes in the skies, helping to monitor and protect us. Each day, NASA satellites collect and transmit valuable data about environmental conditions on earth, including climate change and the impact of natural disasters. But this information is useless without the… Read more »

Houston, We Don’t Have A Problem: Space Made Safe

More than a half million pieces of space debris are orbiting the earth, at speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour. Clearly this debris is a safety concern for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, but it also threatens to damage or destroy spacecraft and critical military, intelligence, communications, weather and navigation satellites. Richard Rast… Read more »

Best Practices for Top Leaders in Organizational Transformation

There are some common practices undertaken by leaders to ensure successful organizational transformation. We will share some of these from our many years experiencing different organizations in type, size and sector. In one instance the owners of a small family-owned manufacturing company embraced an entirely new concept of order taking and production. A team-based and… Read more »

Overcoming Barriers to Organizational Transformation

8 or 9 organizations out of 10 embarking on a major transformation efforts fail to get the results they should. Overcoming Barriers to Organizational Transformation Take away these key learnings about the Barriers to Organizational Transformation – ~ Top 10 Reasons for Failure in Continuous Improvement ~ The 4 Main Barriers to Organizational Improvement ~… Read more »

Cafritz Awards: Deadline November 8, 2013

Help us celebrate the best in public service! Nominate yourself or someone you know for The 13th Annual Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees. Established in 2000 and now in its 13th year, the Cafritz Awards program recognizes the extraordinary service and commitment of public servants who – often working… Read more »

Landing Curiosity, meet the man behind NASA’s rover – Plus your weekend reads!

Why go to Mars? ‘Cause it’s next. ‘Cause we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill and we saw fire; and we crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west, and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration and this is what’s… Read more »