In its 2012 Best Places to Work survey, the Partnership for Public Service found that US federal civil servants are less happy with their jobs than at any time since 2003 (when the organization first started compiling its rankings of the best places to work in the federal government). The government-wide index score—which indicates how … Read More »
Recently a former client emailed me asking a rather interesting question. He is a newly appointed Police Chief of an organization that hadn’t changed its operational practices, services or employee expectations in years. He asked, “Now that I am Chief of Department, I know the best practices I want to begin implementing, … Read More »
A couple of years ago, I had the privilege to attend a significant gathering of regional leaders from across Southern California. The guests included members of Congress, the State legislature, regional and locally-elected officials, and scores of leaders of California industry.
The keynote speaker of the evening was former Secretary of State and Four-Star General Colin … Read More »
In Part I of this article, “To Move or Not to Move,” we talked about spicing up your career to build depth and expand knowledge of your organization. Part II offers five suggestions once you have decided it is time to move on.
Have you done everything you can to spice up your career in your … Read More »
Although the recovery is benefitting many sectors of our economy, organizations find that simply throwing money at high performers turns out to be an ineffective means of retaining top talent. Money rarely ranks at the top of “why I love my job” list. As competition for stellar employees and executives grows increasingly fierce, many organizations … Read More »
This is the first article of a two-part series and is focused on how best to “Spice Up Your Career”!
I hear frustration from young managers about the lack of career options in their current places of employment. I find generally, there are two cases. In the first case, the manager is not ready for a … Read More »
So, what does it take to be a leader? Are they born or are they made? There are many experts that argue both sides. Overall I feel that in order to be a successful boss you must have certain behaviors or tools in your skills set. Here are the top 7 tools I feel that … Read More »
It is in our social DNA to want a mentor. As little kids, our parents mentor us on the basics of life. In school, we are mentored by teachers and coaches who want to impart their wisdom to us. Then, suddenly, we’re thrust out into the world of adulthood, and most of us are simply … Read More »
This is the third article of a four-part series entitled Why Local Governments Fail at Economic Development. The first article addressed how local government officials “fail to define and sell their unique sizzle” – the things that make their community great and the things that set them apart from other communities – things that will … Read More »
“A ‘five’ rating in my work group is not the same as a ‘five’ rating in another group.”
When you design a performance evaluation system you want it to be fair. Yet, fairness is often an elusive characteristic in public sector employee performance evaluation systems. A common request I get when asked to redesign a performance … Read More »