Make Your Employees Happy (Without Giving Raises)

Millennials are changing the way workplaces approach company culture. As the first generation to grow up with the Internet, Millennials’ mobile lifestyles don’t understand the daily 9-to-5 grind. This... Read More »

Playground Power

Very recently, I lead my four children (ages 9-14) on a brief excursion to the local park.  Just two blocks from our home, the park is one of the classic-styles... Read More »

How Conflict Stunts Company Innovation

I was in a meeting earlier this week where there was an invited speaker discussing a controversial topic.  Several of the meeting participants disagreed with his point of view. ... Read More »

Attend a Conference in Your Professional Industry

By Cathy Francois, career coach at American Public University

This year I had the opportunity to attend several conferences in my field. I was excited about traveling to cities I... Read More »

What’s Your Career Plan?

By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University

Your career in government can seem easy when you land that GS-5 or GS-7 job right out... Read More »

Are You Spinning the RIGHT Plates at Work?

When I was growing up in Southern California, our family gathered around the black-and-white TV set on Sunday nights in Southern California to watch The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan hosted... Read More »

How to Become a Homicide Detective

Cops—even homicide detectives—sometimes get a bad rap. They can be accused of abuse of power, corruption, false witness, violence, racism, you name it. Never has this been brought into... Read More »

Introverts and Extroverts In Government Collaborate For Results

John, an introvert, and Quinn, an extrovert, were training managers at a regional government agency. The employees in their office needed help with creating viable learning plans. Unfortunately, John... Read More »

So You Don’t Trust Your Boss

Few things zap your motivation than having a bad relationship with your boss. Trust me, I know from experience, people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.  I have an... Read More »

Your Career Strategy: Rectangle Boxes

What you are about to read is more the pilot of a television series than a non-franchise movie.  As a primer, I will begin by asking the question, how... Read More »

Public Sector Leadership and Coaching Basketball

If you’ve read any of my blog entries for The Persimmon Group (TPG), you know that I’m a hardcore Dallas Mavericks fan, a true blue MFFL (Mavs Fan For... Read More »

Government Roads are Paved with Good Intentions

Most people are aware the road to hell is paved with good intentions; and so it is with most government roads; the policies, programs and regulations governments approve.  Most... Read More »

Education: Moving Sideways and Up

By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University

When I worked for the US government, I was hired as a GS-7 and received several early... Read More »

Resume Mistakes Disguised As Good Ideas

By Ann Eastham, Career Coach at America Public University

The goal of a resume is to get your skills and accomplishments noticed. Simply put, it is the snapshot of all... Read More »

Hawaii: First in Progressive Health Care

It isn’t just access to all the sun and surf in the state of Hawaii, which marks the 56th Anniversary of its statehood this month, that makes its citizens... Read More »

Information Governance: Information Assets

When I started this series, I explained that the focus of an Information Governance program can be broken down into four basic components:

​What are your information assets? Where are they... Read More »

City Branding: Does Your Welcome Wagon Have a Flat Tire?

How does your city welcome new business? Does your welcome wagon have a flat tire?

When I think of a community’s “brand,” I do not think of the taglines or... Read More »

How to Make Your Career Future-Proof

Worried about what the future holds for your career? You are not the only one who keeps thinking about what scenario will arise in the future that will make... Read More »