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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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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, ...

5 Keys to Running a Successful R&D Program

March 13, 2014 Research and development programs in the federal government can be crucial for spurring real innovation. Some are well run programs and others not so well run. In the current climate of shrinking resources and budgets, it’s essential that federal managers learn to operate these programs more effectively. The question is ...

5 Tips for Hiring Federal Contractors

February 18, 2014 The process of hiring a government consultant/contractor isn’t easy, and most federal leaders and managers have to do it at some point in their career. Maybe they can’t get hiring authority to bring in new people. Maybe they need to jump start a new project or program with skills that ...

What a Snow Day Can Teach You About Your Organization

February 13, 2014 Here in Washington, we woke up to a thick blanket of snow from the largest snowstorm of an already active winter season. The federal government, schools and stores have closed. It got me thinking about what a snow day can tell you about your office, agency or company. It’s a ...

3 Ways to Feel Less Isolated as a Leader

February 6, 2014 Last month, we had a leadership team meeting at my organization. It had been a while since we’d had one. Things got in the way: the holidays, proposals, internal work and a lot of client work. I had set aside just the first 10 to 15 minutes of the meeting ...

5 Tips for Being More Decisive

January 22, 2014 Decisiveness is a core capability for any leader. No organization can move forward effectively without leaders who can resolve conflicts, set direction or distribute resources (i.e. make decisions) effectively. It’s a capability that leaders must learn to balance. I’ve worked with many clients who have difficulty making any decision or ...

Can Good Leadership Skills Be a Bad Thing?

December 27, 2013 The end of the year is a great time for reflection. Many leaders and managers are taking some time to make plans and resolutions for how they want to change over the next year. At the company where I work, Corner Alliance, we’ve been thinking about what kind of things ...

If There’s a Budget Deal, Will Things Get Back to Normal?

December 10, 2013 That’s a question I found myself asking while reading recent reports about a potential budget deal. During the shutdown, things definitely didn’t feel normal and I didn’t think they’d get back there again. But if we do get a two-year budget deal, I think a lot of us will greet ...

Why Do Government Projects Fail?

November 6, 2013 We’ve all been dismayed by the failures of Healthcare.gov. I wrote a recent blog about my frustration with government contractors who seem unable to take responsibility for their failures. But that leaves me with the question of why so many government projects fail. To be honest, most projects fail in ...