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Public Workplace Conflict Resolution: Challenges for the HR Professional

Public Workplace Conflict Resolution: Challenges for the HR Professional

By Joseph G. Jarret America’s judicial system most commonly defines the term “conflict” to mean a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one. Whenever people work together and are…

Engaging the Community in a Networked World

Engaging the Community in a Networked World

By Christine Springer Nurturing continuous engagement of the community served by public agencies is not only important but also critical to successful public management in an environment of change. Networking…

Increasing Adoption and Reducing the Number of Children in Foster Care in the U.S. and Abroad

Increasing Adoption and Reducing the Number of Children in Foster Care in the U.S. and Abroad

By Lorenda A. Naylor Introduction November is National Adoption Month. It is a time Americans celebrate adoptive families across the country. According to Barack Obama in his Presidential Proclamation of National…

I Trust You…Sort Of

I Trust You…Sort Of

By Scott Lazenby In previous columns, we considered ways to adapt governmental budget systems to modern management principles of delegation, empowerment and alignment of organizational goals. Following Douglas McGregor’s work,…

Broadband, E-Government and Development

Broadband, E-Government and Development

By William Hatcher To succeed in the nation’s new economic realities, where creative class jobs are being pulled to localities with technology and talent, communities need to improve their broadband…

How Will We Do Right By Our Veterans?

How Will We Do Right By Our Veterans?

By Horace Blake American veterans are unique in that they are an honored demographic in the United States. These men and women have given their time and in some case…

The Problem With The Affordable Care Act: Why Badly Designed Laws Produce Bad Implementation

The Problem With The Affordable Care Act: Why Badly Designed Laws Produce Bad Implementation

By David Schultz Successful implementation of a law is significantly dependent upon its original design. Public policy scholars often point out that the politics/administration is less real than imagined and…

Ageism and the Public Workplace: Challenges for Today’s Public HR Professional

Ageism and the Public Workplace: Challenges for Today’s Public HR Professional

By Joseph G. Jarret and Autriel E. Galloway The age of the Baby Boomer (most commonly defined by the Census Bureau as those born during the demographic Post–World War II…

Social Marketing: Influencing Behaviors for Good

Social Marketing: Influencing Behaviors for Good

What are the ten steps to developing a strategic social marketing plan? By Nancy R. Lee In the August issue of PA Times online, I introduced the definition of social…

Professionalism, Public Service and Anti-intellectualism

Professionalism, Public Service and Anti-intellectualism

By Sheila Suess Kennedy I listened–very briefly–to the Congressional hearings on the unfortunate, embarrassing rollout of the federal Affordable Care website. The problems with the site are amply documented and I…

Questions Are The Answer: Building A Culture of Inquiry

Questions Are The Answer: Building A Culture of Inquiry

By Laree Kiely Linda Elder and Richard Paul, in their book The Thinker’s Guide to the Art of Asking Essential Questions, pose this very powerful concept: “All thought is responsive…