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Wildfire

Wildfire

Fires are burning throughout the West this year. California and Colorado are in the news everyday. Living in Denver and being a regional emergency coordinator for a federal agency I…

Why Black Women Don’t Complain About Labor Market Inequality

Why Black Women Don’t Complain About Labor Market Inequality

The obstacles of labor market inequalities hit black women on multiple levels. First, women in general face wage inequality and lag behind men in promotion and career advancement. Secondly, White…

Ethical Pedagogy: Contending with the Effects of Ego Depletion

Ethical Pedagogy: Contending with the Effects of Ego Depletion

It’s not unusual for employees working in public organizations to feel pressed for time. With morning hours morphing into afternoon hours and Mondays into Fridays in an unrelenting, repetitive cycle,…

On the Path to Practitioner Relevant Questions and Answers

On the Path to Practitioner Relevant Questions and Answers

In April, only two months removed from the Parkland High School tragedy, our office shared results of our Summer 2017 Wilder School Public Policy Poll with state legislators, public safety…

Process and Problem Solving in Pinellas County

Process and Problem Solving in Pinellas County

Past columns in this series looked at county government’s capacity to solve problems by utilization strategic planning, based on the assumption that local government is the solution, not the problem.…

Meet Cynthia, Deborah and Betty

Meet Cynthia, Deborah and Betty

Have you ever heard of Melinda Gates, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey? Of course you have. Have you ever heard of Cynthia Breyfogle, Deborah Stone or Betty Bagtas? Probably not. But…

Focusing on Employee Engagement—Talk or Action?

Focusing on Employee Engagement—Talk or Action?

As I reported last month, one poll question was, “Looking ahead, which workforce issues are important to your organization.” About 79 percent of the respondents listed “employee engagement,” while 81…

Ethics in Public Service: The Case of Migrant Children

Ethics in Public Service: The Case of Migrant Children

On our televisions, on our Twitter feeds and even in our everyday conversations, we hear the stories of migrant children who have been separated from their parents after crossing the…

Old School or New Tech: What’s the Better Way to Survey?

Old School or New Tech: What’s the Better Way to Survey?

As time crunches and budgets shrivel, the cheap, fast, Web surveys become hard to resist, especially if the results they deliver were pretty much the same as those that come…

Promoting Leadership Roles to Both Men and Women

Promoting Leadership Roles to Both Men and Women

Research shows perceived effectiveness in leadership is found among both sexes. The traits of “good leaders” are interchangeable and advantageous to both sexes, rather than gender specific. So why are…

Making the Best Employee Using a Temporary Worker

Making the Best Employee Using a Temporary Worker

Economic turmoil can happen at any moment. And, when it happens, more temporary workers are likely to be hired due to abrupt retirement, termination, expansion of workload or downsizing of…

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