Workplace Inspiration: Provide Your Team With It!

Workplace Inspiration: Provide Your Team With It!

Does your organization have formalized performance standards in the form of KPI’s - key performance indicators? You may not call them KPI’s but it is likely that you have performance expectations defined in specific, measurable terms. Those standards might include...

When Your New Job Isn’t a Fit

When Your New Job Isn’t a Fit

After months of unemployment, it finally happened – you got a new job! You worked your butt off for this one, so you’ve decided to enjoy it… which unfortunately is a lot harder than you anticipated. When you got the interview you were so excited that you spent all of...

Turning Boredom into Innovation

Turning Boredom into Innovation

It’s that time of year when we tend to get the winter blahs. The holidays are over, we’ve lost steam on our New Year’s resolutions, and spring is not yet on the horizon. Blah, blah, blah. How do we turn our dissatisfaction with the doldrums into creative new ideas?...

Internships in Local Government: My Personal Journey

Internships in Local Government: My Personal Journey

Many universities require seniors to complete an internship in order to learn more about their proposed career. My major, criminal justice, required one and I was told this would give me experience to put on my resume and make me more attractive to employers. I...

Self Promotion Is Not Just About You

Self Promotion Is Not Just About You

People are too busy today to go out of their way to find, recognize, and reward you in the workplace. The good news is that you can create the visibility and credibility you need to move your career forward. You can control how others perceive you in the work...

Compliance or Alliance: The 2 Styles of Management

Compliance or Alliance: The 2 Styles of Management

If team members aren't doing what you need them to do, how do you address that issue? As a government team leader (with formal authority) or an influencer (with informal authority), your job is to get work done through others, to inspire them to deliver a quality...

Waiting by the Mailbox

Waiting by the Mailbox

In our careers and in our lives, there are moments of key importance when news finally arrives that we have expected impatiently for a long time. The wait by the mailbox seems interminable. The HR Doctor remembers as though it were yesterday running to the mailbox...

Why Giving Notice Matters

Why Giving Notice Matters

Welcome to 2015, and another year of unlimited possibilities and opportunities. Among these opportunities, for many people, landing a new job is by far one of the most exhilarating feelings one can experience. With this new job so many possibilities are abound: a...

Culture Change: Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Culture Change: Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Today more than ever, customers - taxpayers - expect more from their municipal, county, state, and federal government service providers. They expect accurate information and quality services delivered by staff members who enjoy serving their customers. Old systems and...

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