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How to Host an Effective Offsite Leadership Meeting

April 11, 2017 Leadership offsites are multi-day meetings held away from the office. The purpose could be anything from strategic planning, to team building, to airing of professional grievances. However, such meetings all have the same basic aim: to create cohesion among the participants. Leadership offsites have higher stakes than other meetings because...

Does Your Job Make You Miserable?

January 18, 2017 Perhaps you’ve heard: A lot of people are epically unhappy at work. Reasons cited include low raises, no training, and poor management. All of these seem to overlook a much more basic workplace issue: a lot of jobs suck. A paltry raise, no chance to gain new skills, and a...

The Surprisingly Simple Fix for Ineffective Leadership Teams

October 5, 2016 It’s no secret that many leadership teams don’t function as well as they could or should. Leadership teams are the people in your organization who collectively hold the responsibility for just about everything that impacts growth, operations, employee engagement, and productivity. They’re often looked up to and have say and...

Are You Ready for the Next Organizational Crisis?

July 5, 2016 Whether it is retrieving astronauts from space or clarifying a tactless comment that created a firestorm for someone in the communications office, all organizations face challenges that force employees to think and act differently in response. At a time when many agencies just want to fly under the radar and...

Getting the Right People in the Right Job for IT Modernization

March 25, 2016 Federal agencies face a massive undertaking in strengthening and consolidating their IT processes and workforce to counter the threats in a rapidly evolving sector. After all, that’s the concern driving implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA was crafted on the premise that the current operating model...

It Should Be Easier to Offload Costly, Unneeded Federal Property

April 30, 2015 Every once in a while you come across a beautifully designed, remarkably functional federal facility. Sadly, it’s probably not the one you work in. Most of the federal buildings we’re familiar with are big, boxy and concrete. They were designed during a period of our American history when our sense...

​Five Ways to Avoid GAO’s High-Risk List

March 17, 2015 In February, the Government Accountability Office welcomed the incoming Congress with its 2015 high-risk list of poor performing federal programs—an unlimited gift card for some, a messy glitter bomb for others. I read the report. Well, OK, I skimmed it and focused on the sections of most interest. Federal real...

How to Get It All Done

January 27, 2015 How we work is as important as what we do. Reflecting back on my week, there were a number of meetings (some great, some not great), a bunch of informal conversations, one very brief review of a management memo followed by oh-so-informed comments, and some sweet time for independent analysis...