Mission is the driving force of organizational life. If leaders fail to articulate and bring to life a clear and authentic mission that engages the entire organization, the organization can begin to disassemble into self-defining, inefficient parts.
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After a recent trip as an exhibitor at a professional conference promoting the career opportunities for my organization, I gained some great insight into the conference life. Here are a few tips and suggestions for your next professional conference.
Think back to when you were in school. You would approach your final exam thinking, “How on earth am I going to digest a semester’s worth of information for this one test?” But you hopefully figured out that mass information had to be broken down into smaller categories. Without some semblance of organization, information canRead… Read more »
In 2017, the next administration will set to work implementing the goals and priorities of the new President. Many of those priorities won’t line up neatly with the agency structure of the federal government, and achieving them will require that agencies work together as an “enterprise government” — collaborating and integrating programs and activities to… Read more »
I recently read a job announcement for a well-known local nonprofit organization that included the standard position description, responsibilities, skills, and personal attributes required. But it also included something atypical for a job description: the announcement listed that the candidate must possess the qualities of “passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.” Wow – whatRead… Read more »
Please share a success story from your work in the last month. Last year, I asked staff to respond to this request in a meeting. And the response I got surprised me: silence. Unfortunately, staff could not identify one; not because they hadn’t done great work, but because they were lost in process, policy andRead… Read more »
Branding matters. When you think of AMC, you think of movie theaters and popcorn. When you think of IKEA, you think easy to assemble furniture. When you think of Amazon, you think of online shopping. But when you think of government, is there a brand? What about at the agency level? Is there a brandRead… Read more »
Because the issue recently came up, I thought I would offer a quick note about Business Values… When you are trying to write value statements for your company or nonprofit or team or community group, you can’t simply list a whole bunch of “nice things.” Those lists get posted on some web-page or coffee roomRead… Read more »
NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space have opened the International Space Station to stem cell research in a move aimed at addressing medical conditions both in space and on Earth. Scientists can study non-embryonic stem cell properties using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory’s microgravity environment, NASA said Friday. NASA intendsRead… Read more »
Agency and program leaders depend on a range of mission support functions, such as finance, technology, acquisition, or workforce management, to get their jobs done. The delivery of these functions, however, have changed significantly over the past quarter century. Twenty-five years ago, federal agencies typically did not have key executives leading mission support functions. TheseRead… Read more »