A variety of routes exist that will take you from anonymity to being noteworthy. Most will travel by way of exceptional achievements in business or politics or sport or entertainment. In my case, the route was a little different. It selected me, rather than I choose it.
12 years ago I was very much minding my … Read More »
For many students and professionals interested in working in the government, a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree is a useful credential to have in order to advance in their education and career — and it only takes 12 months to earn the degree. A one-year MLS program mirrors the first year of law school, … Read More »
What makes employees productive and engaged at work? A safe, inspiring work environment that consistently treats them with trust, respect, and dignity.
The problem is that leaders typically put more time and energy into their team or department’s products and services than they do into its culture, yet culture drives everything that happens in organizations, good … Read More »
LinkedIn used to be the way to post your resume online, but now it has become passé. Almost everyone has a profile there, so you’re just another face in the crowd. If you really want to stand out, you need to create your digital resume from scratch, which means purchasing a domain name and developing … Read More »
It is not a secret that employee engagement has a significant impact on organizational outcomes. It also is not a surprise that what motivates public sector employees is different from those within the private sector. Employee engagement can vary between individuals and the two sectors. Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards play an important role in the … Read More »
There has been a lot written and spoken lately about accountability. However, there is a question that is not often addressed: “Do leaders actually sabotage the accountability of their people?” Effective leadership requires both talk and walk. Some leaders don’t realize how their behavior undermines their talk. The role or a specific behavior of a … Read More »
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 »
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 »
Scenario #1: The person you were originally scheduled to meet with is stuck in traffic, and now you’re meeting with one of the managers on her team—and he doesn’t have a copy of your resume.
Scenario #2: The hiring manager unexpectedly asks 3 members of his team to sit in.
Scenario #3: Your first interview goes so … Read More »
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 »