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Core Competency for the 21st Century

Core Competency for the 21st Century

With an increasing focus and reliance on government action, public administrators have been forced to re-evaluate how they deliver the best possible services as they cope with the loss of…

Discovering Meaning in Public Administration Through the Lens of Politics

Discovering Meaning in Public Administration Through the Lens of Politics

The complex background of social, economic, political and moral turbulence from current events has created a perfect storm. As a result, the search for meaning in public administration has never…

From Mindfulness to Meaningfulness

From Mindfulness to Meaningfulness

Bringing mindfulness into the challenges we encounter as public administrators is important. But mindfulness also needs to be complemented and augmented by another concept—meaningfulness.…

Why Put Meaning First?

Why Put Meaning First?

By putting meaning first, government service will be able to regain its proper standing as a noble calling. In this way it will be able to recruit and retain individuals…

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

It has become increasingly common to associate the phrase, “Kick the can down the road,” with lawmakers at all levels of government when dealing with budget shortfalls, mounting public debt…

Finding Meaning in the Chaos

Finding Meaning in the Chaos

How can people in all walks and stages of life — regardless of their personal circumstances — find meaning in and, at the same time, build their capacity to deal…

Meaning First: Government Service at a Crossroads

Meaning First: Government Service at a Crossroads

I have long argued that there is a “crisis of meaning” in government, one that poses significant implications for engagement and resilience, well-being and health, and performance and innovation. …

The Deeper Meaning of Authentic Dialogue

The Deeper Meaning of Authentic Dialogue

This is what the ancient Greeks meant by employing a common education to create a spiritual community, which would allow the “soul” and true nature of government to become manifest.…

Rediscovering the “Soul” of Government

Rediscovering the “Soul” of Government

Americans in large numbers today seem not only to distrust but also resent their government. “They have become convinced that government, especially the federal government, is wasteful, oppressive, and insensitive,…

The Crisis of Meaning

The Crisis of Meaning

When employees don’t feel valued and don’t feel their work is valued, or can’t see how their work ties into the bigger picture, they lose meaning. Because work feels like…

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