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Alan Pentz

Partner, Corner Alliance Alan Pentz is co-founder of Corner Alliance, a Washington, DC based consulting firm that focuses on helping government clients manage the fire hose of expectations, communicate their value, and stop the endless cycle of meetings. Before consulting, Alan worked on Capitol Hill as a speechwriter for Sen. Max Baucus. Follow him on Twitter at @apentz
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6 Key Elements of Successful Cross-Agency Collaboration

December 2, 2014 Many problems in government are best solved collaboratively working across multiple agencies. Unfortunately this can be a frustrating and unproductive experience for many government leaders. Sometimes your partners aren’t as interested in the goals as you are. In other cases they don’t want to give up the territory by sharing ...

3 Tips to Help Federal Leaders Prepare for a New Congress

November 11, 2014 What will the new Congress mean for federal leaders? Even with a new Republican majority in the Senate, we won’t see much of a difference in policy. We’ll most likely experience stalemate/status quo for the next two years. The politics, however, will change. The level of scrutiny for federal leaders ...

3 Tips for Keeping Your R&D Budget Healthy

October 24, 2014 The last five years have been uncertain and tough ones for federal research and development spending. In the wake of the Recovery Act and constant budget battles, many programs experienced cuts or at least flat spending. Only in the last year have things been looking at all better. No matter ...

Let’s Give Federal Leaders the Digital Toolkit They Need

October 15, 2014 Data analytics, content marketing (blogging, video, white papers, etc.), social media engagement and tracking, and many other buzzwords are the keys to successful marketing in the private sector. The capabilities associated with these terms are increasingly the lifeblood of the way companies communicate with their customers. Government needs to do ...

3 Tips for Building a Government Content Strategy

October 9, 2014 The federal government is on the verge of a revolution in the way it communicates with citizens. Today, successful agencies and programs are embracing the content marketing approach that has taken the private sector by storm. However, many government leaders are struggling with how to implement a content strategy. Corner ...

Targeted Messaging: 3 Reasons It’s the Future of Government Communications

September 9, 2014 There is a revolution happening in the private sector that is about to disrupt federal communications, outreach, public relations and stakeholder relations. In the private sector, traditional marketing, advertising and public relations are making room for a new player at the table: inbound marketing. Inbound is lowering marketing costs, improving ...

3 Tips for Adapting Programs to Rapidly Changing Technology

August 22, 2014 ­­Many federal managers are confronted with managing programs in a rapidly changing technology climate without a set of rapidly changing capabilities. Staffing, contracting, regulations, etc. all move slowly regardless of how quickly the outside world and technology in particular iterates. Agencies are sprinting to keep up. Federal leaders need to ...

Three Trends That Will Revolutionize Federal IT

July 15, 2014 We’ve all heard about federal technology project disasters. Many of these disasters are caused by ill-defined and constantly changing requirements, a lack of a solid understanding of who the customer is, a contracting culture that at times incentivizes performers to bill hours rather than create a solution, and lots of ...

Are Your Employees Incompetent? 4 Reasons Why

April 17, 2014 Why are my employees incompetent? I’ve heard that question from a lot of over-stressed federal leaders and managers. When the fire hose is on full force and the scrutiny is increasing, having a team that can’t produce is a killer. I sympathize and I think there are at least four ...

4 Tips for Crowdsourcing Federal Projects

March 25, 2014 More federal program managers are considering their crowdsourcing options for different projects. It isn’t a new idea but it’s one that still has a hint of innovation about it. In many cases, it’s also a relatively cheap or free way to do stakeholder engagement and outreach, find interesting new ideas, ...