About the Public Sector
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
Life can often be described as a set of imperfect parts that occasionally come together in a perfect opportunity. In many cases, those opportunities are natural, uninfluenced and easily acted upon for all involved as a way to bring together two or more otherwise independent elements together for something greater.
In some instances, the opportunity to … Read More »