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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.
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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,...

The 4 Times You Should Say Exactly What You Think

February 22, 2013 The week after Thanksgiving I had the privilege of hearing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner speak to a group of Treasury employees and contractors. Someone asked him what he thought were things that were really important for his successor to do/think about. I’m going to paraphrase what he said, but one...

Making Anything Possible: My Dog, Journaling and the Gift of Perspective

February 14, 2013 On April 16, 2010 we got the call from Costa Rica. It was the call that I feared most and that I knew one day would come. My husband Robert’s mother Theresa was dead. The neighbor saw her through the kitchen window, on the floor, there was no question she...

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