Successful Survey Strategies in Government

Last November, the government I am employed by requested employees take the organization’s anonymous biannual survey. As with any organization-wide, multiple question survey, the results are at times underwhelming because of the central limit theorem, but the trends are none-the-less interesting.

Why Should You Care About HIPAA?

Why should county executives, commissioners, and managers be concerned about the HIPAA Security Rule? The answer is simple. You, as a commissioner or executive will be held responsible if your organization suffers a catastrophic security event or breach.

3 Billionaire Traits Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg and Blakely Have in Common with a Postage Stamp

What do Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Sara Blakely all have in common? Well, apart from being an exclusive card-carrying member of the Billionaire Boys and Girls Club, all four remarkably share the same three traits of a postage stamp. Let me explain. I recently wrote a book titled, How a Postage Stamp Saved My Life: 21 Powerful Tips to Defeat Depression, Skyrocket Your Self-Confidence & Achieve Your Goals.

Public Sector vs. Private Sector

After working in the private sector for over 25 years, I took up a senior position in the public sector last year, so I guess this article was always going to be written.
My assessment of both systems.

Information Governance Insights: In with the New!

Happy New Year! This is the start of my fourth year writing this blog for Careers in Government and I am sure many of you that have been following it are wondering what there is left to discuss on the subject of Information Governance? The answer to this can be found in the time honored tradition of “out with the old, in with the new”! Every organization uses the new year to act on some new strategic plan and every Information Governance must be ready for it.

How to Wow a Prospective Employer with Your Potential

One of the frustrations job seekers identify is the limitations of the resume and job interview for putting across who they really are. They may lack experience and their qualifications are no longer enough to convince employers. Many employers are risk-averse, particularly in tough economic times, and go for the tried and tested candidate. How do you get across your potential and persuade an employer you are a better bet?

College Isn’t Enough Anymore

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,...

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Does an MPA degree help in a career pursuit?

What if you are in a particular job that you love and you would like get promoted or advance in your organization? Obtaining a master’s degree in Public Administration or Public Policy is definitely an achievement that could assist you developing a career with lasting...

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Is an HR Career Right For You?

I have had this HR career conversation with many a person looking to get into the field of Human Resources.  Often it is with either a student who has commenced their studies in HR or has just graduated from an HR program.  Sometimes this discussion takes place with...

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Crisis in Blue Within the Policing Profession

Over the next 20 years, and more importantly the next five years, we will see a huge rush of Baby Boomers and older Generation Xers exiting the workplace and entering into their retirement years. This organizational memory and labor exodus is especially true of the...

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Public Service: A Passion

When I started the University of North Carolina MPA program in August 2013, I knew that I had a passion for public service and that I was attracted to government work. But I wasn’t sure what level of government would be the best fit for my interests. In a previous...

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Lessons From the Possum

I once had a possum on my sorting line.  Weird way to start an article I know but bear with me.  The possum had come in the back of a garbage truck with a load to my transfer station.  Who knows how he got there, one can only guess it was in the container when the...

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