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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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The 2 Things I've Learned From My ASS-umptions

October 9, 2012 My husband and I live is a suburb of Washington, D.C. Over the years we’ve witnessed a wide spectrum of disturbances, ranging from the serious (gang and drug activity) to the less serious (zoning violations). Among those lesser nuisances (and a big pet peeve of mine) is the sheer volume...

How My Husband’s Videogames Made Me a Better Listener

October 2, 2012 I came to terms with the fact my husband likes to play Xbox. I resisted this for a long time and finally accepted it’s something he enjoys. He often tells me about the games he plays - and I listen. Well, actually, I really don’t listen. We were having dinner...

Does Your Job Matter?

September 25, 2012 What can you get for $5.00 these days? In Washington D.C., that will get you a latte at Starbucks. In Rushville, Illinois, that will get you a check-up from 87-year old Dr. Russell Dohner. His office is in the same building where he started practicing medicine 57 years ago when...

Is Collaboration Creating Action or Stalling Progress?

September 18, 2012 It's often said that a camel is a horse designed by committee. I found myself thinking about this while working with a client on an organizational realignment initiative where the leader engaged his senior team in looking at a new organizational model better aligned to their recently expanded mission. My...

When losing is winning: leadership lessons from Zenyatta

September 4, 2012 Zenyatta is a racehorse. I saw her on an episode of 60 Minutes one week before the 2010 Breeder’s Cup. By the end of the hour segment I felt like an 8-year old girl, once again in love with horses. I was enamored with this horse named Zenyatta who during...

Generate commitment by following through on yours

August 29, 2012 A friend asked me the other morning, “how can we get people to keep their commitments?” The most powerful thing we can do to help others follow-through on the commitments they make, I responded, is to do so ourselves. Frankly, most of us are pretty lousy at commitments because we...

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