Jane’s World: The Daunting Role of a Middle Manager

Jane is a middle manager in the federal government. Jane is responsible for translating broad objectives established by her leadership into manageable activities for her and her employees. Jane also performs technical work because her office is significantly understaffed. She also develops her ... Read & React

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves Eleanor Roosevelt

Why Poor FITARA Grades Are a Good Start

You wouldn’t think a report card full of Ds and Fs would make anybody happy. And you wouldn’t think it would provide an opportunity for repairing an ailing institution. But the awful grades federal ... Read & React

Want Innovation? 10 Tips for Senior Leaders

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

You rely on your staff to do the work for you. Let them. Don't micromanage their work. Don't act like you know their job better than they do. Make a decision. Make a phone call on their behalf. Make things work in their favor, make the system work for them. Give them ground cover with the ... Read & React

Achieving Joined-Up Government

This article is the second in a series that examines case studies and model architecture for GaaP (government-as-a-platform). Technology, connectivity and applications that are noninvasive to existing systems, yet are able to share data and build citizen engagement, offer new ways of delivering ... Read & React

Most of the U.S. Job Hunting Takes Place Online Now. That's a Problem For Many.

In the US, the internet has become a job seeker’s most important resource. People are researching, finding, and applying to jobs online with relative ease. A Pew Research Center report released Thursday (Nov. 19) shows most American adults who have looked for a job in the last two years turned to ... Read & React

Should Computers Decide Who Gets Hired?

by Gillian B. White

Anyone who has ever looked for a job knows that sometimes connections can trump qualifications. That’s why networking—despite its awkwardness— has become such a highly touted skill. Knowing someone who knows someone could mean finding out about a job before it’s publicly posted, or better yet, ... Read & React

Going Beyond Jack of All Trades

The White House-driven category management initiative offers important new opportunities for procurement professionals. For the first time, for example, they have a chance to specialize in and master specific categories of spending, in addition to being jack-of-all-trade buyers. Category management ... Read & React

Bad Boss? Are You Sure It's Not You?

Just about everyone I’ve encountered recently — or so it seems — has an ax or two to grind with their boss. From “she just doesn’t understand me” to “he’s only in it for himself” to “he micromanages me,” the complaints sound like the story lines of bad (redundant?) relationship-gone-wrong episodes ... Read & React

To Move Ahead in Your Career, You Must First Disrupt Yourself

In her new book, Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson argues that the principles from Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen’stheory of disruptive innovation can also be applied on an individual level. Just as companies like Netflix created a new market before competing directly with (and ... Read & React

Building a Shared Services Marketplace

Novelist William Gibson once said, “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.” This has been the state of shared services in the federal government during the past 15 years. Is that about to change? Given recent events, it certainly appears more possible than ever. At an event ... Read & React

'Find a Mentor' is Great Career Advice. Why is it So Hard to Do?

by Cassie Werber

Highly successful people often point to one person who gave them help of a kind no one else could: Their mentor. From the worlds of business to adventure sports, having that person—wise, encouraging, further down the line, and, crucially, supportive of your dreams—certainly sounds attractive; ... Read & React