I Tried to Use a Job to Regain my Identity!

You may be wondering, “What the heck is she talking about?”

When I ventured back into to the workplace working for the federal government, I did not consider ALL THINGS!... Read More »


The Likability Factor

In almost every aspect of life, the term likeability is at the center of decision making. This idea holds true in political campaigns, speed dating, beauty contests, American Idol,... Read More »


How To Do Pre-Interview Research

One of the first questions I ask any candidate who is applying for a role with our company is “Why are you interested in working here?” I use this... Read More »


Make Your Media Interview a Success!

For many professionals in government, interacting with the media is an unwritten part of their job description.

Media interviews can happen when your department’s public information officer asks for coverage... Read More »


Turning Boredom into Innovation

It’s that time of year when we tend to get the winter blahs. The holidays are over, we’ve lost steam on our New Year’s resolutions, and spring is not... Read More »


Public Infrastructure Projects & The Future of Private Sector Investment

During President Obama’s latest State of the Union address, he encouraged more private sector investment in public infrastructure projects. His proposal outlines the application of Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds,... Read More »


Place Branding: A Strategic Road Map

A simple online news search for the term “city branding” yields results from cities as varied as Fargo, North Dakota, Wichita, Kansas, and Hermiston, Oregon. While the core of... Read More »


Internships in Local Government: My Personal Journey

Many universities require seniors to complete an internship in order to learn more about their proposed career. My major, criminal justice, required one and I was told this would... Read More »


Self Promotion Is Not Just About You

People are too busy today to go out of their way to find, recognize, and reward you in the workplace. The good news is that you can create the... Read More »


Women Leading Local Government

The International Association of City/County Management (ICMA) recently published an article detailing how only 13 percent of local government managers are female. When I read the article, my initial... Read More »


Your Secret Career Advantage

You leave an imprint throughout your life on other people, and vice versa, sometimes faint and slight, at other times clear and strong. You are subtly altered or touched... Read More »


Compliance or Alliance: The 2 Styles of Management

If team members aren’t doing what you need them to do, how do you address that issue? As a government team leader (with formal authority) or an influencer (with informal... Read More »

Every Day is a Holiday

Practically every day is a holiday – especially if you are retired. The month of February, however, offers some particularly interesting opportunities to admire the creativity of the greeting... Read More »


Internships: You Need Skills As Well As Diplomas

I walked across the stage during my undergraduate ceremony thinking I had received my ticket to the world. Unfortunately, the small private school I attended didn’t have a Career... Read More »


Motivation: How To Find It for Job Seeking Success

According to the Gallup produced 2013 “State of the American Workplace Report,” only 30% of the U.S. workforce was found to be engaged at work, leaving 70% of employees... Read More »


Procurement Strategies for the Public Sector

In the Year in Review published by Government Technology (GovTech), Steve Towns, Noelle Knell and Elaine Pittman (Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor respectively) summarized the evolution of technology... Read More »


Bribery and Debarment

“Your criminal actions raise serious questions as to whether you have the requisite personal integrity and business ethics to be a responsible Government contractor.”

That’s me. I was debarred from... Read More »


Numbers Speak Louder than Words

We’ve all heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words.” Well, when it comes to resumes, “numbers speak louder than words.” When you start changing your resume to be... Read More »