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Sarah Agan

Director, Corner Alliance Inc. Sarah Agan is a regular contributor to Excellence in Government. She has spent the past 17 years working with clients across the federal government with a focus on helping individuals and organizations thrive. She is a Director at Corner Alliance Inc.
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Leaders, Are You Betraying Your People?

April 21, 2014 If you are a leader in the federal government, and doing your job, at some point you will likely betray the people in your organization in pursuing the higher purpose required of a public servant (and being a leader in general). Your larger responsibility is to sustain the governmental organization, ...

Are You a Dictator?

March 31, 2014 Are you a leader who is frustrated that members of your team aren't doing what you want them to do? Perhaps it’s time to take a look in the mirror to see whether you might be the problem. Merriam-Webster lists among the synonyms for “leader” the words channel, conduit, duct, ...

Like Many Federal Leaders, You're Probably Stressed Out

February 11, 2014 During the past week I’ve seen half a dozen people who are deeply important to me whom I hadn’t seen in over a year. During each conversation I found myself recounting how much 2013 sucked because of the stress I experienced. I’ve constructed a woe-is-me story that after telling several ...

Does Your Team Suck…or Are You Just a Bad Leader?

October 30, 2013 “My people don’t get it. My staff is incompetent. I feel like I’m babysitting instead of doing real work. My team is dysfunctional. I’m sick of my employees bringing me problems instead of solutions.” Ever hear yourself registering these complaints to a confidant, significant other, or friend? I’ve heard these ...

Video: Does Israel Have The Answer to Resolving The Shutdown?

October 7, 2013 In an interview last week with Piers Morgan, Benjamin Netanyahu noted that even with its flaws the U.S. has perhaps the greatest system of government in the world. He went on to add that the U.S. would get through this budget stalemate. He then shared a bit about the budget ...

Want to Innovate? 4 Ways to Stimulate Creativity

September 26, 2013 Do you ever feel like that guy Fred from the 1980s Dunkin Donuts commercials? He awakes to the shrill of an old school alarm clock: eyes pop open and before it’s clear he’s even awake, out of his mouth comes“time to make the donuts.” He gets up, shuffles around and ...

Want to Succeed? Tell People to Stop Agreeing With You

July 11, 2013 Don’t agree with me. It’s annoying – and not helpful. At our firm we like to say “if you want yes people, don’t hire us.” But the truth is, I love when people agree with me. It makes things easier. The problem is, it doesn’t necessarily make things better. Saying ...

The Health Benefits of Working With Your Hands

June 24, 2013 In my work, I rarely see tangible, physical benefits that result from my efforts. That’s part of the reason I seriously enjoy physical labor and yard work. After a few hours in the yard, I can actually see evidence of my achievements. I’ve know for years that when spring rolls ...

The Seduction of Being 'Busy'

May 24, 2013 My husband is tired of hearing me say “I’m so busy.” I’m tired of hearing me say it too. Often, I talk about this overwhelm as if I’m the busiest person around. Truth is, I don’t know anyone who isn’t busy. Perhaps this is the new world order for those ...

Why You Need 180 Seconds of Silence

April 15, 2013 What’s the best thing to do for your crazy-busy, super stressed out, overachieving team? 180 seconds of silence. Some background: Last week a colleague and I were designing a short strategy meeting for one of the federal offices we work with. Our client was late to the planning call and, ...