U.S. and U.K.: Why Local Government Isn’t Working

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U.S. and U.K.: Why Local Government Isn’t Working

Posted on August 17th, by Oscar Pearson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Giving ‘power to the people’ has a popular ring to it. But what power, and to which people?

That question demands a clear but detailed answer in order to achieve effective and efficient local government: as a Councillor in Devon, England, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience, first-hand, the operations of our local elected representatives for … Read More »


From Active Military Duty To Active Employee

Posted on August 17th, by Gonzalo Duran in eligibility/hiring issues. No Comments

The experience embedded into you by the military – order and discipline, once key to a successful mission, can now also hurt you. Yes sir, no sir, and parade rest are commands hard to be abandoned by a seasoned member of the Armed Forces. That mindset unfortunately puts one at a disadvantage because it might … Read More »


Managing Your Federal Job Search Campaign

Posted on August 16th, by Karol Taylor in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Can you think of ways you might conduct a campaign – any kind of campaign?  Three styles immediately come to mind: political, advertising, and fundraising.  Your federal job search can be understood this way:  In a political campaign, someone is selected based on written and verbal advertising that promotes his skills.  If selected, he gets … Read More »


MPA: The Challenges of Obtaining Your Degree

Posted on August 16th, by Alena Dunham in education/training. No Comments

Many citizens in this country are advocates for change in their society and communities. Are you that person and that wants to grow your professional career by obtaining a degree in Public Administration? Whether you are an entry-level student with internship experience or a professional who seeks advancement in their careers, there are MPA programs … Read More »


The New Candidate Driven Marketplace

Posted on August 11th, by Pete Radloff in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In what has shifted to a very clear candidate-driven market, candidates have more opportunity for choice among the offers they are fielding. At a quick glance, this is great news for those who have been slogging through a difficult last few years. Since the recession took hold, the market has been largely employer-driven, giving companies the opportunity … Read More »


Is Providing Social Support the Leader’s Job?

Posted on August 11th, by Robert Denhardt in education/training. No Comments

Many recent graduates in business and public administration find themselves valued by their “bosses” because they bring new and “cutting-edge” ideas and skills to the organization.  For example, a young woman with strong analytical and methodological skills is hired into local government in what had previously been a rather conservative accounting-oriented budget office.

The new employee, … Read More »


Public-Private Partnerships: An Emergency Management Perspective

Posted on August 8th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. No Comments

When a disaster occurs, communities must be rebuilt and survivors require reasonable care and attention. In order for this to occur, adequate funding and staffing is necessary in order to meet or exceed the necessities of those involved. Individuals whom have been affected by a natural disaster are dependent upon local, state, and federal governments … Read More »


Place Branding: The Role of Social Media

Posted on August 7th, by Staci Zavattaro in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Digital technologies can change the way public administrators interact with citizens and stakeholder groups. Since their inception, these technologies have gone from one-way, static web platforms that allowed citizens to, say, pay bills online to interactive, knowledge-sharing platforms that can increase citizen participation, transparency, and accountability.

Considering the growth in this arena, public managers should work … Read More »


Local Government: Valuing People is an Investment In Success

Posted on August 5th, by David L. Stevens in About the Public Sector. No Comments

The need to develop a workforce to meet the current and future demands of government operations, as well as foster an environment that values people is no small task. This effort compels our need to fully understand business priorities, citizen engagement, strategic investments and human nature – wow that is a tall order to fill!  … Read More »


College Isn’t Enough Anymore

Posted on August 5th, by Chris Hollins in education/training. No Comments

One of the most common statements recent college graduates say is, “I don’t know why I can’t find a job, even if I went to a good college.” They seem confused when they send out 50 resumes, and only get 2 responses back. Why is this the case?

On the flip side, companies with large applicant … Read More »