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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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Do You Have a Brag Partner?

January 4, 2013 I had an important meeting today that was preceded by a stress dream last night. For me a stress dream stems from my fear that I’m going to fail at something, disappoint someone or not live up to an expectation that I’ve set for myself. For example, in college when...

Get Out of Your Own Way by Taming Your ‘Fraud Monster’

December 18, 2012 What Fraud Monster you ask? If you don’t have some idea of what I’m talking about this article isn’t for you and I’d invite you to spend your time reading one of the other great blogs on Excellence in Government. On the other hand, if your first reaction to my...

Start Your Day With The 8 Irresistible Principles of Fun

December 11, 2012 Do you have 525 seconds to spare from your busy, stressful day? If so, watch the below video. It’s called the Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun. Every time I watch it I am reminded about what matters most in life and am more energized, less stressed, and more connected to...

In the Face of Loss, How Gratitude Helped Me Thrive

December 5, 2012 December 1, 2011: “I am grateful for life and breath and Robert and woofers.” – Sarah December 1, 2011: “I am grateful for my lovely Sarah and all she brings in my life.” - Robert Last December my husband Robert and I did an experiment we called “31 Days of...

How to TRULY Go on Vacation, Webster-style

November 27, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Another Reason to Work on Vacation: Tax Deduction I heard the other day on the radio that if you work while on vacation you may be able to deduct a portion of your vacation expenses when you file your taxes. Makes sense…sort of....

The 3 Basics All Organizations Need To Survive

November 14, 2012 Thriving in Transition > Webcast > Managing Change Excellence in Government recently hosted a webcast about how to thrive during times of uncertainty and transition. During that discussion, I outlined three key things your organization needs to “get back to basics” and thrive in the face of uncertainty and looming...

Post-Election Blues: How to Recover from Electoral Insanity

November 6, 2012 Perhaps it’s the nature of elections that drives us insane. How they focus our attention on the faults of others, whip us into a competitive frenzy and instill a wired crankiness in those paying a smidgeon of attention. I blame it on the ads. And that’s the thing. As summer...

When it Comes to Preparedness, There’s No Time for Fighting

October 30, 2012 My husband and I took very different approaches to dealing with (or not dealing with) Hurricane Sandy and I’m curious if you had similar conversations in the days leading up to the storm: An excerpt of our conversation: Me: “honey, we need to prepare for the storm.” Him: “we’ll be...

Stop Wasting Time Trying to Get Along

October 23, 2012 I like being with people who get along. I enjoy collegiality and nice people. AND, lately I’m hearing a lot from clients about personality differences and leaders wanting to fix those personality differences. I started to think, just today in fact, that perhaps we might just get over the fact...

What Does Your Wanted Poster Say?

October 16, 2012 As Ernest Shackleton prepared for his Antarctic expedition he had to find men (sorry ladies, he was looking for men only) for the journey. His advertisement said: Men Wanted For Hazardous Journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in...

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