Of Leaders and Teams

About the Public Sector

Of Leaders and Teams

Posted on February 7th, by Stan Skipworth in education/training. No Comments

In the first of this two-part series, we used illustrations of bridges as we looked at the power of external forces and the active perspective leaders employ to swiftly assess, understand and respond to challenges facing their organizations.  We’ve already seen that bridges are very much like leaders of today, in that they must be … Read More »


Everyday Innovation

Posted on February 7th, by Chip Bell in education/training. No Comments

We met for breakfast in the antique Foshay Tower (now a W Hotel) in Minneapolis.  My breakfast guest was the renowned cartoonist, John Bush.  Now deceased, his syndicated cartoons were at that time white-hot.  I was there to learn how his mind worked since my co-author, Ron Zemke, and I were in search of someone … Read More »


Motivational Junk Food: What’s the Problem?

Posted on February 7th, by Susan Fowler in education/training. No Comments

The Problem with Feeding People Motivational Junk Food

Excerpt from Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … And What Does by Susan Fowler. 

Be careful of being driven. If you are driven, who is doing the driving? I heard this old adage many years ago, and ever since, “being driven” has held a negative connotation for me. … Read More »


Bilingual, Basic or Fluent: What Are the Differences?

Posted on February 7th, by American Public University System in education/training. No Comments

By Jaymie Pompeo, Career Coach

Growing up, my entire family instilled the value of a second language. My parents are native speakers and placed heavy emphasis on using Spanish at home while my English developed through the help of Sesame Street and elementary school. From there, summer vacations to Ecuador became an immersion program where my Abuelita … Read More »


The Courage to Be Curious

Posted on January 9th, by Guy Parsons in education/training. 1 Comment

Leaders being asked to do more with less resources sometimes default to a “just get it done” attitude when tackling daily tasks. As a leadership tool, the willingness to evoke curiosity in these times often falls to the sidelines in one-on-one dialogues and team meetings.

The courage to be curious implies a willingness to step away … Read More »


Benefits of Behavioral Logic Trees

Posted on January 9th, by Marc Plooster in education/training. No Comments

While reading Phi Kappa Phi’s patterns themed Winter 2015 Forum, I thought about patterns of my own life.  Specifically, I thought about how I develop patterns around my neophobia (neophobia, is the aversion, fear [phobia] of the unfamiliar, new [neo]).  It is important to consider that patterns have an origin even if it is conceptually … Read More »


Do Governments Need Economic Development?

Posted on January 9th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector. No Comments

There are some who argue government has no business getting involved with economic development.  They believe economic development is not a government function. Conversely, there are others who maintain economic development is the primary function of any American Government; they assert ‘The business of American government is business’.  I’m not sure which side is correct; … Read More »


5 Reasons Why the Public Sector Needs Marketing

Posted on January 9th, by Danita Dyess in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Marketing  + public sector = success does not seem like a common equation. Marketing  is the actions (sales, public relations, pricing, packaging and distribution) taken to place your product or service with a customer. It is synonymous with the private sector and companies with six-figure budgets and award-winning marketing departments.  But there is a direct … Read More »


You Have Chosen Your Current Income

Posted on January 9th, by Meiko Patton in education/training. No Comments

What if you were told you are earning today exactly the amount you have chosen to earn, no more and no less; that you are where you are financially because you have chosen to be right there.

Would you agree with that?

Most would adamantly disagree.

But the fact remains that there are specific actions you’ve taken thus … Read More »


Women’s Leadership: Challenging Our Social Norms

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

Women are equally qualified for leadership positions as their male counterparts, however, less of us continue to fill political and corporate leadership positions. Most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as the capacity for innovation and intelligence. Some believe that women make stronger leaders than men because we are more … Read More »